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Protecting fundamental rights P.16

New Contest Promoting Tough Trucks P. 6

The Hopping Horse P. 19

Utah Farm Bureau News March 2009

News and views from the Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Vol. 55, No. 2

Large animal veterinarians prove both valuable & rare for Utah agriculture Is there a doctor in the ranch/dairy/coop, barn, etc? Probably not. They are most likely two hours away attending to another patient. Oh there are doctors, just not those trained to be able to help you. They are helping Fido, Lucky, Tyrone, Freddie or a number of other small animals and pets. While this may seem like a problem just for farmers and ranchers, a larger perspective reveals that the lack of food animal veterinarians is a problem for all consumers. Think of the public outcry that would result if you could only find one family doctor in a 1,300 mile area of the country. What if your kids were sick, but were told that the doctor wouldn’t be able to come and check on you until next week. What if you were having complications in your pregnancy, but were told that because of budget constraints, the husband would have to provide the prenatal care. There would be outrage! Well that is exactly the case with regard to the men and women who serve on the front lines of food protection as large/food animal veterinarians. And the problem is only getting worse. In our times of economic uncertainty and job loss, the food animal medicine industry is one sector that is not going filled. There will be a 13 percent increase in the demand of “food supply veterinarians” by 2016, yet a 4 to 5 percent decrease in the number of such vets according to San Filippo, spokesman for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). A report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) gives even greater reason for concern. The report stated that government veterinarians, many of those in regulatory and food safety medicine, face a shortage within three years when 27 percent are eligible for retirement. Within the USDA, the Food Safety Inspection Service reports an on-jobvacancy rate of 35 percent, and the Agricultural Research Service has a 12 percent shortage of mission-critical veterinarians. In Utah, there are currently 400 vets that work with food animals, which is about one vet preserving the integrity of food for every 6,750


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Healthy, nutritious food a great value. Food Checkout Week Celebrated in Davis County: (Front row L to R) LuAnne Roberts (Davis Co. Women’s Chair), Lilian Nielsen of Kaysville, and Mike Reed (manager for Bowman’s Market in Kaysville). (Back row L to R) Deven & Tyson Roberts. Photo courtesy of Davis County Farm Bureau

Farmers face new political landscape By Lynne Finnerty, Editor of FBNews, an AFBF publication

The debates and the rallies are over. The campaign ads—positive and negative, but mostly negative—are finally off the air. The appeals for campaign donations are…well, those haven’t ended yet. But Election Day has come and gone and now it’s time to assess how agriculture might fare in the new political environment. President-elect Barack Obama won a “decisive and historic” election, says Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation president. Now, he says, the administration and Congress will need to get to work to address a long list of issues including the economy, energy, immigration, trade and implementation of the farm bill. While there are different points of view on those issues, Stallman says, “each person elected to office ran for office to improve this

country,” and Farm Bureau looks forward to working with every one. AFBF has been around since 1919 and has worked with 16 presidents and hundreds of members of Congress. Farm Bureau will continue its long record of non-partisan policy advocacy on behalf of farmers and ranchers. Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, liked to intersperse his catch-phrase, “My Friends,” into his speeches. Obama was known for saying, “Look,” to

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National Perspective......................................P. 3 Farm Bureau at Work...................................P. 5 Member Benefits............................................P. 6 Farm Safety Column.....................................P. 10 Baxter Black.....................................................P. 19 Classified Ads ... ....................................... P. 26

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Matt Hargreaves, Editor Business Address: 9865 South State Sandy, Utah 84070-3205 Phone Numbers: General Inquiries: ... (801) 233-3000 Address Changes: . (801) 233-3009 Farm Bureau News: (801) 233-3003 Classified Ads: ...... (801) 233-3010 Fax: ...................... (801) 233-3030 FB News E-mail: .. Web site:...... National Ad Rep: The Weiss Group 9414 E. San Salvador Dr. #226 Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 (480) 860-5394 Local Display Ad Information: Jennifer Dahl (801) 233-3005

UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION OFFICERS Chairman and President Leland J. Hogan, South Rim* Vice President Stephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City* CEO and Secretary/Treasurer Randy N. Parker, Riverton Chief Financial Officer M. Kim Frei, Sandy * Denotes member of the Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1 ......................... John Ferry Corinne District 2 .................... Rulon Fowers Hooper District 3 .................... Flint Richards Erda District 4 ........................ Rex Larsen Spanish Fork District 5 ....................... Scott Chew Jensen District 6 .............. Edwin Sunderland Chester District 7 ....................... Nan Bunker Delta Farm Bureau Women’s Chairman...... Ruth Roberts, Penrose Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. Garrick Hall, Cove Periodicals Postage Paid at Sandy, Utah and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070. Published quarterly for all Farm Bureau members (April, July, Oct., Dec.). Published expressly for farmer/rancher Farm Bureau members and others who specifically request copies Feb., March, May, June, Aug., Sept., and Nov. All eleven issues published by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in Sandy, Utah. Editorial and Business Office, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070-3205.

Legislature challenges horse slaughter ban How often have farmers and ranchers heard the phrase “unintended consequences” in reference to the actions of our government? Great intentions often times result in disaster. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences of stopping domestic horse slaughter were predictable and have resulted in disaster. On average, it costs around $2,000 per year to feed a horse, with veterinary care on top of that. Cash strapped horse owners – some who are even losing their homes to foreclosure – are unable to care for these animals. And according to the Animal Welfare Council, rescue facilities across the country are saturated. The result, unwanted horses are being abandoned in record numbers at livestock auctions or being released into the desert – where they are unable to adapt to with wild horses. Today, no horse slaughter facilities operate in this country due to government actions. Congressional efforts are currently underway to even outlaw the transport of horses for foreign slaughter, further compounding the problem. Ultimately, federal actions could result in a permanent ban on horse slaughter in the United States. Representative Brad Winn of Ephraim, sponsor of H.J.R. 7 Equine Resources Joint Resolution, wants proponents to recognize the consequences of their actions. The resolution opposes Congressional action that would interfere with a state’s ability to direct the transport or processing of horses. Utah Farm Bureau policy supports Winn’s resolution. The policy assault of the antihorse slaughter proponents, led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has in fact created a crisis for the welfare of America’s horses. Historically, slaughter offered a humane end-of-life option for more than 100,000 unwanted horses each year. According to USDA, in 2006 there were 138,206 American horses processed for human consumption in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Interestingly, J.P. Goodwin of the Humane Society of the United States and co-founder of the Texasbased Coalition to Abolish the Fur

Trade has made his intentions perfectly clear: “My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture.” He has a long arrest record and has been convicted of vandalizing fur retailers in several states. Unwanted American horses, under federal government supervision, have been properly transported and humanely euthanized in domestic horse processing facilities for generations.

President’s Message Leland J. Hogan UFBF President Let’s recognize that not every horse owner is prepared to keep his horse forever. With today’s economic realities, $200 per ton hay and market options eliminated, sadly unwanted animals are being abused, neglected and abandoned. A horse can live approximately 25 years. Until recently, when radical

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animal activists succeeded in closing the last three regulated U.S. processing plants, there was a local market demand and value for unwanted horses. For many, the thought of consuming horse meat is outside of our understanding. However, it’s important that Americans recognize there is a market for protein rich horse meat for human consumption in many parts of the world. The Animal Welfare Council has expressed concerns with Congress taking steps to eliminate export of this American protein source from global markets. In 2005, horse meat exports surpassed $26 million in export value for human consumption. Major global markets exist for horse meat including Japan, France, Belgium and Italy. In addition, live horses shipped to Canada for processing are returning to U.S. zoos as pet food. Does the HSUS, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) or other anti-animal

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Utah House slams Western Climate Initiative Concerned that implementation of a Western Climate Initiative (WCI) sponsored cap-and-trade program could prolong the current economic recession, the Utah House of Representatives is calling on Governor Jon Huntsman to pull Utah out of the WCI. The WCI, a collaboration of seven western U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, according to its Web site, is working on ways to reduce greenhouse gases through a market-based cap-and-trade program. Representative Mike Noel of Kanab sponsored HR 3, Resolution on Energy Policy, challenging global warming ‘consensus’ and outlining the economic impacts to Utah. The resolution points out that nearly 90 percent of Utah’s electricity comes from coal-fired power plants providing Utahns with dependable and affordable energy. Farm Bureau provided comments to the Public Utilities and Technology Committee pointing out that Utah needs to develop all of its energy options – wind, solar, nuclear and bio-fuels – to meet the state’s growing demand. Any disruption of abundant and affordable energy, including carbon reduction mandates, could jeopardize America’s food

production and create a national security crisis.

THOUGHTS Randy N. Parker Chief Executive Officer If carbon reduction strategies in the United States increase the cost of gasoline and other petroleum products, consumption domestically will decrease. Supplies globally will then be increased, making supplies more plentiful and gasoline cheaper in countries like China and India. The net effect of damaging the U.S. economy will be reallocation of fossil fuels to the world’s largest polluters. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama told lawmakers he wants a national cap-and-trade program to force industry to move to alternative energy sources. Cap-and-trade as a WCI policy or implemented as a national carbon tax policy will provide financial incentives for U.S. companies to relocate. The higher costs of doing business in a carbon constrained economy offers some Utah or

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Farmers are engaging consumers in a new way Seventy, 60, even 50 years ago, many Americans had a direct relationship with agriculture. Chances are, if they did not farm, they likely grew up on a farm or ranch, or they had a relative involved in agriculture in some way. Today, the average consumer is three generations removed from farming. Because of this, engaging the public in discussion about agriculture has become a major priority of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Today, communicating with consumers means that farmers and ranchers must be active in a wide range of conversations. No longer can we only reach out to traditional media such as print and broadcast outlets to help us tell the story of American agriculture. We must go to where today’s consumers hang out – the places where they gather the bits of information they use to set the course of their lives. I’m not only talking about their food choices, but how they gather information that helps determine their opinions on topics such as agriculture’s relation to the environment and how farmers care for their animals. Today we need to dig a little deeper. As farmers and ranchers, we need to engage consumers in a two-way conversation that includes us listening to their concerns, as well as sharing our personal stories about the ethics that drive us as caretakers and food producers. Simply educating consumers might have worked in simpler times, but not today. Getting on the Same Wavelength If someone would have told me three years ago that Farm Bureau would soon be communicating via blogs, Facebook, YouTube or through podcasts, I would have said, “What kind of pod?� But, as the social and technological environment changes, farmers and ranchers must be able to reach out to the public directly using tools consumers themselves use, and most importantly engage our nation’s youth who get the majority of their information from the Internet. Most recently, the American Farm Bureau launched a Web site for consumers. The site, Your

Agriculture, at yourag, aims to talk with the nonfarming public about agriculture


Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President issues, farmers and ranchers and the food, fiber and fuel they grow. On the site, consumers have the opportunity to meet a farmer and take a tour and ask questions about his or her operation. There is also an entertaining quiz to test your farm I.Q. on points such as the nutritional value of white versus brown eggs. There is even a consumer guide to farm policy, which makes understanding the farm bill a bit more digestible. A Pod on the Download? The Your Agriculture Web site is the most recent effort taken by Farm Bureau to reach out to consumers. Other tools we’re using include several blogs: the FBlog at allows farmers and consumers to engage in direct dialogue with one another, while the Foodie blog at is a forum for the public to discuss the latest in food trends and the food industry. The next time you are on Facebook, check out the American Farm Bureau Federation’s page for all the latest happenings, news and conversations about agriculture and food-related topics, such as dairy prices, food safety and stretching your food budget. And stay tuned for upcoming audio podcasts from Farm Bureau on timely issues that can be downloaded onto your mp3 player with just a click of your mouse. And if I’ve lost you at this point, ask your kids or grandkids (like I did mine). They’ll explain. If we keep at it and stay on the same wavelength with consumers through direct dialogue, rather than monologues, more people will come to understand that we care about the same things they do: safe, healthy food produced by dedicated professionals. Farm Bureau on the Web:

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USDA signs drought disaster designation for Utah SALT LAKE CITY – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Thomas J. Vilsack has signed a Secretarial Disaster Designation making 19 Utah counties eligible for federal relief. The declaration is in response to damage caused by extreme weather conditions such as drought, cold temperatures, high winds, fire, and freezing temperatures that existed in 2008 in the affected counties. The 19 counties are: Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sevier, Sanpete, Tooele, Utah, Washington, Wayne, and Weber. The vast majority of farmers and ranchers in these counties have suffered crop and forage production losses of at least 30 percent, which qualifies them for disaster declaration. The financial loss is estimated to be at least $28.7 million. Some producers have been severely impacted by grazing losses and have been forced to liquidate their herds due to lack of forage. High forage and feed costs as well as increased transportation costs will weigh heavily on an industry already facing many challenges.



Five of the 19 counties (Box Elder, Garfield, Kane, Millard, and Sanpete) were designated primary natural disaster areas. The remaining 14 counties are designated secondary disaster areas which also qualifies them for assistance. Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., requested the federal declaration in November, 2008. In a letter to then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Schafer, Governor Huntsman sought relief for the hundreds of farmers and ranchers who face substantial crop loss due to these conditions. According to newly appointed agriculture secretary Vilsack, the designation makes farm operators eligible for consideration for assistance from the FSA. The assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program which was approved as part of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Eligible farmers and ranchers should contact their USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for information about potential assistance or call (801) 524-4530.

ARDLE Cattle Company 180 Simmental, Angus, & Maine Anjou Bulls Sell

U347-PB Simmental. Dream On x Big Country. BW: 76 WW: 720. Performance with eye appeal, thickness, style, maternal, and moderate sizes sell on March 14 in Beaver Utah.

Maine Anjou. Juneau x Ali. BW: 68 WW: 716. Out of a first calf heifer this bull had over a 700 # WW without creep. Volume, mass, power, and performance. Many like him sell.

March 14, 2009 12:30 PM MST At the Ranch in Beautiful Beaver, UT






85 Black Simmentals: 3/8 to PB. Simmentals with Substance and Style. 40 Black Maine Anjous: 3/8 to Purebreds. Sired by the top bulls in the country. 45 Black Angus: Many light birth weight heifer bulls. Yardley Angus have more bone, butt, depth, and thickness than U346-3/4 Simm. Yardley Sundance x ordinary Angus.

YARDLEY CATTLE ARE THICK, MODERATE FRAMED, FAST GAINERS, AND EASY CALVERS. CLEAN FRONTED, DEEP RIBBED, AND STYLISH. We have one of America’s greatest cowherds. Our cows winter out on desert winter range, calve unassisted , breed back quickly and, summer in the mountains and wean a 700 # calf. 41 years of AI’ing.

Yardley Magnificent. BW: 79 WW: 715. Maternal traits run deep in this soggy, thick made bull. He’s a clean fronted, correct made individual.

DCC Full Circle-3/4 Maine Anjou. New Level x Black Ice . BW: 89 WW: 692. This proven herd sire sells on March 14th along with several son’s. 3 yrs old.

We cull bulls from branding up until the sale for structural soundness, quality, breeding soundness, and temperament. Not every bull is destined to sire calves. AS SEED-

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2007 Census takes a snapshot of Utah’s agriculture industry SALT LAKE CITY – The 2007 Census of Agriculture counted 16,700 farms in Utah in 2007. These farms averaged 664 acres in size and sold $1.4 billion worth of agricultural products – an average of $84,771 in sales per farm. The Census was conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

UDAF Commissioner Leonard Blackham address the media at a press conference releasing the 2007 Ag Census. Photo by Matt Hargreaves

According to USDA definition, a farm is any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year. Every five years the Census of Agriculture takes a snapshot of America’s agriculture. This picture is an invaluable tool for assessing

trends and determining current needs of farmers and ranchers at the local level. The census provides comprehensive, comparable statistics for every county in the Nation. For example, according to the 2007 Census, Utah county ranked first in the state in number of farms with 2,175, while Beaver county ranked number one in the state in market value of products sold at $210.6 million. The 2007 Census results show changes in Utah agriculture over time since they can be directly compared to past Census results. For instance, the total number of farms in Utah counted in the Census increased 9.3% from 2002, while land in farms acreage dropped 5.4%. However, the average value of sales per farm increased 16.1% from 2002. The 2007 Census revealed other interesting facts about Utah’s agriculture, such as: * Only 2.6% of the farms in Utah had more than $500,000 in sales, yet they accounted for 69.4% of the value of all sales. * 65.1% of all farms had sales of less than $10,000. * The average age of the principal operator was 57.4 years old. * 70% of principal farm operators spend at least some time working off the farm during the year. * 10.7% of the principal farm operators in Utah are women. These facts and more for every county and state are now available from the 2007 Census of Agriculture. For more information about the 2007 Census of Agriculture, please contact the USDA NASS Utah Field Office at 800-747-8522 or visit online.

More than 200 of Utah’s young farmers and ranchers… converged in St. George, Utah to attend the annual Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference. The theme was “Preparing for an Uncertain Future.” In addition to in and out-of-state presenters addressing and supporting the theme, the second annual FFA Discussion Meet Contest was held. Katharine Nye, from Delta, was this year’s winner. The Utah State University Farm Bureau… Collegiate Discussion Meet winner, Michael Hughes, from Manilla, Utah, competed in the national Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest. This contest was in conjunction with the annual American Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Conference held in Sacramento, California. Mr. Hughes represented Utah and Farm Bureau well by advancing all the way to the Final Four round. A total of 42 competitors competed. Seventy-two of Utah Farm Bureau’s county and state leaders… traveled to Washington D.C. and visited with Utah’s Congressional Delegation. Leaders discussed the following issues: Animal Care, Comprehensive Energy, Climate Change, Horse Slaughter, Public Land concerns and Labor and legal workforce issues. Forage growers and consumers… met in St. George during the last few days of January for the biennial Utah Hay & Forage Symposium. Sponsored by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and USU Extension, conference attendees heard from a variety of forage experts, including Dan Undersander from the University of Wisconsin Extension, Peter Reisen of Forage Genetics International, and Glenn Shewmaker from the University of Idaho Extension. The conference also included several informative reports from leading USU Extension staff and presentations on related topics from Rocky Mountain Power, the UFBF Safety Division and USU Small Acreage program. Public collaboration… Utah Farm Bureau staff attended meetings regarding public participation in conservation and best practices. Staff submitted comments to the Forest Service on the Grand View trail in the Powell Ranger district; participated in the UPDRIP (Utah Prairie dog Recovery) meeting in Cedar City, Tushar Collaborative Group and several statewide AFO/CAFO meetings. They also judged the public speaking event held at Snow College. FOUR MORE...FOUR MORE...FOUR MORE ISSUES!… The Utah Farm Bureau Federation announces that is will increase the frequency of its ‘Countryside’ magazine publication. The debut magazine was printed two times in 2008. It will be printed as a quarterly publication in April, July, October and a combined December/January issue in 2009 and 2010. For more information regarding editorial content, display advertising, or classified advertising, contact Matt Hargreaves, Editor, at 801-233-3003 or Feedback & article suggestions for the magazine is welcomed and can also be sent to Matt Hargreaves.

Stallman highlights rural development at USDA forum ARLINGTON, Va.—The need to emphasize rural development issues such as high-speed Internet access, improved healthcare services, enhanced education and improved infrastructure is growing in importance to America’s farm and ranch families, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. In comments at the Agriculture th Department’s 85 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Stallman said AFBF is employing a two-pronged approach to improve the quality of life in rural America: public policy advocacy, and serving as a ready resource on rural development issues for states and counties. th “Well into the late 20 Century, American agriculture operated under

the attitude that farming was the backbone of rural America,” Stallman said. “That paradigm is drastically changing. Off-farm income is of growing importance to farm families. Averaged across all farms, USDA’S 2008 estimate says 92.5 percent of total farm family income comes from offfarm sources.” Stallman said it is clear that today’s farm families need employment opportunities in their hometowns in addition to their farm income. And they need vibrant local businesses that provide goods and services to their farms. But, he said, the relationship between farmers and rural communities is still a two-way street. “Make no mistake. Rural communities need farmers and

agriculture,” Stallman said. “Agriculture and the land and tax base America’s farmers and ranchers provide are in a great many cases the financial base for county and rural governments. They are the way rural America pays for its schools, often paves the roads and keeps sheriffs on the payroll.” Many issues dealing with rural development are high on the national agenda these days as they related to economic recovery. Stallman emphasized the need for high quality, affordable and accessible high-speed internet service as vital for improving all aspects of life in rural America. He said broadband options in rural areas can often be cost prohibitive and that rural America lacks affordable,

modern telecommunications infrastructure. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, only 38 percent of the population in rural areas has broadband compared to urban areas where 57 percent have broadband. “Farm Bureau is emphasizing to policy makers on Capitol Hill and elsewhere that communication services should be available at a reasonable cost to all people and that high speed internet access should be increased through any source,” Stallman said. According to Stallman, the $7 billion directed toward rural communications technology in the stimulus package that was passed by

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Member Benefit Column · 12% discount on all monthly reoccurring charges for new and existing customers (includes voice, text and e-mail services) · FREE activation (savings of $35.00) · Equipment discounts on new activations · 30 day return policy (compared to 14 days for other customers) Set up your new account today! Call 1-866-464-8662, refer to Farm Bureau’s discount code of 1344TMOFAV and have your membership number ready. Currently there are some outstanding equipment deals for new Farm Bureau activations! These specials are only available when you call 1-866-464-8662 to set up your account. If you are a current T-Mobile user and would like the Farm Bureau discount call 1-877-453-8824, refer to the Farm Bureau discount code listed above and have your membership number ready. Or visit, click on Member Benefits> T-Mobile, then use the direct link to T-Mobile to choose the program best suited to your needs.

Take the whole gang to a Bees baseball game! The Bees are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a Farm Bureau member you can save: · $3 per voucher on the “Fun Voucher” rate of $10.00 · $5 per voucher on the “Regular Bees Voucher” rate of $12-$14. 2009 Season: April 2 – September 7. Vouchers will be available beginning March15. Great for a family night outing – won’t break the bank! Business associates and youth groups! Call 801-233-3010 for details. With arrivals between February 5 and April 30, 2 separate stays can earn you a FREE NIGHT at up to 1,500 Choice Hotels. ++ With your Farm Bureau membership you save 20% off rack rates at all participating Choice Hotel properties. To obtain the discount and start accumulating points for your FREE NIGHT, make your reservation in advance by calling 1-800-258-2847, state you are a Farm Bureau member, and request reservation rates with the identification code 00800599. ** Still time to get your Disney on Ice tickets:** “MICKEY AND MINNIE’S MAGICAL JOURNEY” is coming to the Energy Solutions Arena, March 12-15. Discount tickets will be available beginning February 1st for Farm Bureau members. Call 801-233-3010 for prices and times. * ADULT ALL-DAY SKI-LIFT PASSES (08/09 SKI SEASON) Park City Mountain Resort $ 59.00 The Canyons $ 54.00 Deer Valley (Vouchers) $ 59.00 * LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA introduces a new Legoland California and SEA LIFE™ Aquarium Two-Day Hopper Ticket. Farm Bureau members receive two days at LEGOLAND® and SEA LIFE™ for less than a single day admission to LEGOLAND!! $79.95 value for only $53.00! * SEAWORLD – 2 days for the price of 1. Adult passes are $51.00 & Child passes (3-9) are $45.50. SeaWorld takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey beyond the ocean’s door to a place filled with up-close animal encounters, thrilling rides, awe-inspiring shows and exhilarating adventure! * LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA - all day passes are just $44.00 – a savings of $18.00 off the regular adult admission or $6.00 off the regular child’s admission. Plus… 2nd visit within 7 days is just $1.00 -purchased at the park! * UNIVERSAL STUDIOS: A two day pass is just $54.00 per person. On-line only price for a two day pass is $67.00 for adults. 2nd day must be used within 7 days of first visit. Call 801-233-3010 to order tickets. Visa or MasterCard accepted. For additional information about these or other Farm Bureau member benefits, visit or call 801-233-3010. Visa or MasterCard accepted.

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Is your Dodge RAM tough enough to win you $750? John Hall of Kirbyville, Texas has life-saving situation? Do you have a a friend in his Dodge Ram, the truck that just won’t quit? Is your “Crimson Beauty”. Dodge like a member of the family? The Dodge Ram was given the Does your Dodge have a name? nickname by his wife Nettie when Utah Farm Bureau is sponsoring John first brought the flashy red and the “Ram Tough Tales” contest for sliver truck home in 1994. Although members whose trucks/vehicles the chrome is not quite as shiny as it typify the hard-working, reliable used to be, this Dodge halfton pickup has been a faithful companion to the Halls for 13 years and more than 230,000 miles. This workhorse truck, like its owner, is now taking life easier. But both still have what it takes when the going gets tough. “I’ve never had to do anything with this truck except change the oil every 3,000 miles and replace the tires and batteries, “ John said. “ I did have to replace Will she get the keys in another 20 years? the water pump on it about Brett Gibbons and his daughter Laney sit 20,000 miles ago. It had next to their ‘89 Dodge at their Cache more than 200,000 miles on Valley dairy. it when I did that. That’s all the money I’ve spent on it other performance which Dodge vehicles are known for. than maintenance.” Hall used the truck in his position as a supervisor of newspaper delivery How you enter Write a brief description of you for the Houston Chronicle in a four county area in East Texas until he “Ram Tough” experience. Any Dodge retired in 1999. He also used the is eligible for the contest. Send the truck in his farm and ranch operation. description and a picture of the Even with 230,000 miles on the vehicle to Aurline Boyack, 9865 South odometer, Hall has confidence he State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070 or ewon’t be stuck on the side of the road mail to It’s that because of mechanical problems. His simple! Dodge Ram is that dependable. John doesn’t know when he’ll wear the Contest Rules: 1. Entrants must be members of the Crimson Beauty out. “I don’t know how long that will Utah Farm Bureau, in good standing, be, maybe 10 -12 years. I don’t know,” at the time of submission and at the he commented with a grin. “I time of presentation of the award. recommend to anybody that’s going 2. The Dodge truck/vehicle must be to buy a Dodge truck to get the color a one owner vehicle. you want because you’re going to 3. A picture of the truck must have it a long time. You can’t wear accompany the story. them out.”* 4. Entries must include your Farm Dodge has offered the $500 Bureau membership number, name, rebate to Farm Bureau members in address, phone number, email Utah for 16 years. It was in February address and the VIN # for the vehicle 1993 that Dodge issued the first $500 mentioned in your entry. rebate certificate in Utah to Dan 5. Entries must be received between Schmutz, a rancher living in St. March 10 and June 15, 2009. Prizes George. Since that time thousands of will be announced in July 2009 and Farm Bureau members have used the awarded at Farm Bureau’s Mid-Year discount to save on their Dodge Conference, July 16 -17, 2009. 6. The first place winner will receive vehicle purchases. In recognition of the durability of $750 and a Dodge jacket. Two Dodge vehicles and the longevity of runners-up will each receive $250 and the relationship between Dodge and a Dodge jacket. Utah Farm Bureau, Utah Farm 7. All entries including pictures Bureau is sponsoring a “Ram Tough become the property of Utah Farm Bureau with publishing rights. Tales” contest. Entries will not be returned. 8. No employee or immediate Ram tough tales- what is yours?? Tell us your story of continued family member of the Utah Farm reliability. Has your truck pulled you Bureau or an affiliated company is out of a tight spot? Has your Ram eligible to receive an award. *Summarized from “Texas Agriculture” pulled an impossible load in brutal or June 1, 2007. unusual conditions? What about a

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Good stewardship of ground water and wells is important By Jerry Harke, Director of Issues Management, American Farm Bureau Federation

“When the well runs dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin For those who have experienced dry wells, Ben Franklin’s adage rings true. However, good stewardship practices can help well owners avoid dry wells and other potential problems. It’s important to be good water stewards throughout the year, but education for landowners about how to do that is a must. With this in mind, the National Ground Water Association has scheduled National Ground Water Awareness Week for March 8-14, to help remind well owners about how they can ensure clean, safe water. Four basic steps, if followed faithfully, can provide a high degree of confidence in your drinking water: The first is proper well construction. Your water well should be located away from any known or potential contamination source such as septic system leach fields. Also, wells should comply with construction codes to minimize the potential for contamination. Second, get a yearly well inspection from a qualified water well system contractor. Poor maintenance — things like a broken well cap or well casing, or a dirty well—can lead to contamination within the well. Preventive maintenance not only heads off problems, it is less costly in the long run. Third, test annually for bacteria, nitrates, and anything of local concern. Test your water

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AFBF releases statement regarding EPA dust regulations WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Because of the recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory standards related to rural dust, farmers and ranchers could face additional and unwarranted regulations as states attempt to comply with federal standards. Farm Bureau challenged the EPA’s Clean Air Act National Ambient Air Quality Standards rule for coarse particulate matter, but the court chose to disregard the overall lack of scientific support for the rule. “Farm Bureau is disappointed in the outcome and concerned about costly measures to regulate rural dust that could be imposed on our farmers and ranchers. EPA’s own studies had failed to demonstrate (any) adverse health effects associated with rural dust, which comes mostly from naturally occurring organic materials such as plants, sand and soil. Most disappointing is that the court suggested industry had the burden of proving that dust from agricultural sources was safe, rather than EPA proving within a margin of safety that the emissions caused harm.

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March 2009

Utah State Ag Education student places in ‘Final Four’ of national college competition

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University student Michael Hughes competed against 42 contestants in the American Farm Bureau National Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet held in Sacramento, Calif., advancing to the ‘Final Four’ round. Hughes received a $1,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation for his achievements in the competition. “We’re proud of Michael and his accomplishments in representing Utah at this national competition,” said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “This is the first year that Utah has had a collegiate Farm Bureau chapter, so this indicates

competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas Bureau Vice-President for organization. “If he is and information on a pre-determined topic. any indication of the rest of our collegiate Farm Judges look for a contestant that offers Bureau, the future of Utah agriculture is in good constructive criticism, cooperation, and hands.” In addition to the competition, Hughes and communication while analyzing agricultural other young farm and ranch leaders from Utah problems and developing solutions. In the competition, Hughes and other attended the American Farm Bureau Young contestants engaged in conversations regarding Farmer & Rancher Leadership Conference. America’s aging transportation infrastructure, correcting misconceptions about Farm Bureau and agriculture, and the way that state land-grant universities can remain on the forefront of an everchanging agricultural environment? “Farm Bureau’s strength depends on its members’ ability to analyze agricultural issues and decide on solutions that best meet their needs,” Hogan said. “At the collegiate level, the Discussion Meet is designed to foster these crucial skills in young people who may one day be active farmers and ranchers.” Hughes’ experience in speaking Hughes receives a plaque for placing in the ‘Fiabout agriculture in front of others nal Four’ of the Collegiate Farm Bureau Discusgave Hughes confidence in terms of sion Meet. For the award, Hughes received a this competition. $1,000 scholarship at Utah State University. “I have not done a competition like this (discussion meet) before, but Attendees learned about … and also developed participating in showing and judging relationships with fellow young agriculturalists Michael Hughes competing in one of the livestock and developing skills in oral from around the country. “The conference was really well organized rounds at the Collegiate Farm Bureau Discus- reasoning helped me here,” Hughes said. and taught great leadership qualities,” Hughes “My experience in working with the new sion Meet in Sacramento, Calif. collegiate Farm Bureau helped me get said. what quality of young people we have in our interested in the competition in the first place.” Prior to the national conference, young farm state to have made it so far.” Collegiate Farm Bureaus are comprised of and ranch families from around Utah gathered Hughes grew up raising show pigs and students that have an interest in agriculture, in St. George for a Utah leadership conference, boarding horses with his grandparents in Manila, policy development, and current events affecting helping to cultivate in the families the desire to Daggett County. He is completing his studies in their state. Utah State University recently started stand up and speak out for agriculture. At that agriculture education at Utah State University the first Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter in Utah. conference, FFA students from chapters around and plans to graduate in 2010. Upon graduation, Hughes serves as an officer in the organization, Utah competed in an FFA Discussion Meet, Hughes hopes to teach agriculture education in which boasts of 18 members in its initial year. similar to the one held in Sacramento, and those Utah. Former Utah FFA President and current USU held each year as part of the Utah Farm Bureau The Collegiate Discussion Meet contest is Student Amy Peterson currently serves as the annual convention. designed to simulate a committee meeting where Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapter president. discussion and active participation are expected “Michael is a natural leader and gifted from each college-age participant. This speaker,” said Sterling Brown, Utah Farm

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>Horses Continued from P. 2 agriculture elitists have the right to determine what is appropriate for other cultures to eat or to stop Americans from marketing an American grown commodity to global consumers? Congratulations to Representative Winn and the Utah Legislature for recognizing the inappropriate actions of government. When government stopped horse slaughter, we pulled

the rug out from under the economic underpinnings and value of more than 9 million horses and horse owners across this country. A radical ban is not good for horses or horse owners. It is time for the states and Congress to re-evaluate this issue for the sake of America’s horses.

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~42. The number of loaves of bread that can be made from one bushel of wheat. ~90. The percentage of iceberg lettuce produced in Arizona during the winter months. ~6. The number of pounds of cheese that are produced by the milk of one cow per day. ~18. The number of soccer balls that can be produced from the leather from one cowhide.

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Bart & Alley Garrett State YF&R Committee - District 4 (Utah, Juab, Wasatch) -Residence: Nephi Juab County -Family: Joe and Lizzy -Began Farming: We were born farming and ranching with our parents; Bart in the West fields of Nephi and Alley in the Sandhills of Nebraska -Kind of Operation: Now we farm alfalfa on 35 acres in the West Fields of Nephi and help Bart’s dad, Blake Garrett, raise beef cattle, alfalfa, and corn on his family farm. -Farm Bureau Service (YF&R): Juab County YF&R Chair 2 years, currently serving on the State YF&R Committee -What got you involved with Farm Bureau/YF&R? Seth and Misty Wall invited us to the 2006 YF&R State Convention. Before we could sit back and relax we were given assignments; right as we walked in the door, someone asked Bart to offer the invocation. Since then, we’ve felt extremely welcome and we’ve developed some great friendships. -If you could, what one thing in agriculture would you change? I’d like to make equipment, fertilizer, fuel, and land more affordable. -What do you see for Utah agriculture 20 years from now? The next generations will need to make more educationally-sound decisions for smarter farming and ranching. -What do you like most about being a farmer/rancher? Watching our babies get so excited to feed the cows, ride in the tractor, chase the chickens, and ride horses! What a great lifestyle to raise your children in and watch them grow! We also enjoy watching the crops and animals grow. -Why should young farmers and ranchers get involved in Farm Bureau? It’s a great opportunity to learn leadership qualities, and Farm Bureau helps you prepare for your future with farming and ranching. -Why should anyone join Farm Bureau? Everyone should join to defend their rights in agriculture. -How does YF&R prepare farmers and ranchers for the future? YF&R informs and teaches you about the current issues in agriculture. I’ve learned a great deal about how to keep family farms running smoothly as generations pass on. -What advice do you give to young farmers and ranchers? Get involved and stay involved, make connections – these people become good friends. -What equipment do you use? (i.e. John Deere vs. Case) Or you can have another comparison question, like Holstein vs. Jersey, Angus vs. Hereford, Ford vs. Chevy, etc. Whatever we can afford to get the job done (John Deere if we could afford it)! -What is the most recent book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen? Or which is your favorite? I just finished a book by Jeffrey R. Holland, an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, titled, Broken Things to Mend. It’s a good one! -What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? Bart – a professional basketball player; Alley – a professional musician. With both intending to have plenty to buy that dream ranch! We haven’t grown up yet! -What do you think of ‘American Idol’? Should there be a ‘Rural Utah Idol’? Love it. Sure – rural Utah has lots of kids with big dreams! -Any unique hobbies/interests? We like to ride our horses and play with our kids. -Anything else you want to add? We feel pretty lucky to be involved in the farming and ranching lifestyle.

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Crop,â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing the most important Important commitment is to keep your family, extended family, employees and cropâ&#x20AC;?Agricultural Safety especially children safe around the farm or in rural living areas. Awareness week - March 1-7, 2009 The curious nature of youth The American Farm Bureau Safety and Health Network was created to provide leadership and assistance to local and state Farm Bureaus promoting safety and health in agricultural and rural communities. As the director of Farm Safety for the Utah Farm Bureau, I am a member of this network. With an eye-catching theme for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing the Most

can inadvertently place them and others around them in dangerous predicaments that can lead to serious injuries or possibly a fatality. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, 100 children die in farm accidents every year, in the U.S., and many others are injured. I sometimes find the use of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;accidentâ&#x20AC;? inappropriate for

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;incidentâ&#x20AC;? might be a more appropriate word for many of these fatalities and injuries. I feel an â&#x20AC;&#x153;incidentâ&#x20AC;? is a circumstance that could have been avoided had proper safety procedures been followed. Many dangers can be avoided by parents and grandparents taking a moment to demonstrate the potential dangers of the equipment being used on their operation. Explaining or sharing an experience about a near miss with the equipment can help reinforce the fact that there are dangers when using or playing on the equipment. To parents and grandparents, show the importance of safety on your farm or ranch. Leading by example is the best way to influence your family members. Too often, bad farming and ranching practices have been passed down from generation to generation. Stop the bad traditions by being the good safety example! This is a great way to demonstrate to a family that you believe your life is important. Farming and ranching is not easy, nor does it always allow you to spend what many people would consider quality time with your family; however, this is no excuse for anyone to endanger family members by letting them ride on equipment that is not engineered for more than one rider. Take a firm stance and demonstrate a practice that is known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;tough loveâ&#x20AC;?. Say no to extra riders on any farm equipment not designed for more than one rider. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your family members become a national farm fatality statistic; keep them safe. Just as chores and farm responsibilities are not always easy to do, they are still essential to growing a good crop. The same applies to â&#x20AC;&#x153;growing the most important cropâ&#x20AC;? which is your family, extended family, employees and those who are so dear and innocent â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your children. Fulfill your responsibility to your family and others by making safety a high priority. For more information on making your farm or ranch a safer one, contact me for a personal visit and evaluation. I can be reached at 801233-3006 or

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UDAF proposes rule updates for Trichomoniasis In 1997, Utah Cattlemen requested that a program requiring testing of bulls for trichomoniasis be implemented. “Trich”, as it is often called, is a venereal disease of cattle caused by Tritrichomonas foetus. At first, the program only required testing of bulls entering the state and bulls going to common grazing allotments. The following year, cattlemen requested that all bulls more than nine months of age be tested. Other changes such as a testing deadline and a prescribed fine for bulls not tested were added later. A lower incidence of trichomoniasis in the State has been seen since this rule’s adoption. However, over the past few years, there seems to have been a plateau reached in reducing the incidence of Trich. The Utah Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Industry has been in discussions with different segments of the cattle industry in Utah over the past several months in reference to the rule for testing bulls for trichomoniasis. As a result of these discussions, the Division of Animal Industry is proposing to further refine the trichomoniasis rule. By implementing the following proposed changes, UDAF is looking to improve the rule itself and realize its goal of eliminating Trich from Utah cattle. Proposed changes to the current rule include the following: 1. The rule states that all bulls need to be tested annually for trichomoniasis between October 1 and May 31 of the following year. The proposed change would be October 1 to March 31 of the following year. This change is in response to the industry voicing concern that producers who find infected bulls when tested in May are unable to address additional testing to their bulls and bulls in common allotments prior to the traditional turnout to summer range in June. Moving the deadline from May to March allows additional time to test bulls and clean up common grazing associations well before turnout. 2. All bulls nine months of age and older being offered for sale for reproductive purposes in the State of Utah must be tested for trichomoniasis prior to sale. UDAF is proposing to eliminate the 30day wording and simply require bulls to be tested prior to sale. This

will allow bull production sales more lead time to get bulls tested, especially if one of them happens to test positive. These tested bulls will need to be isolated from female cattle between testing and sale. 3. Incorporation of newer testing technology (Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR) in testing rules is occurring in many of our neighboring states. As it currently stands, the gold standard test has been culture and visual observation of live organisms. PCR is a genetic-based technology that relies on the detection of the genetic material (DNA) of the organism. The infective agent does not have to be alive to detect its DNA. Furthermore, PCR can differentiate between contamination (other cousins of T. foetus, like the intestinal form) and the real organism. These combined factors provide increases in the ability of the test to detect the disease (sensitivity and specificity). UDAF feels that utilizing PCR testing will help it move toward a more sensitive test with greater standardization. In the end, it hopes to do a better job of identifying positive bulls. UDAF has formulated a research project to evaluate the effectiveness of pooling of samples from five bulls in an effort to cut the costs associated with the PCR test. It has collected samples from nearly 250 positive and negative bulls at slaughter as part of this project. The results will be available soon. Following validation of the research, it would be the department’s intent to change the rule to allow a single PCR test to confirm a bull’s status rather than have the present multiple pouch tests. 4. As part of the Department of Agriculture and Food’s budget request this year, they have suggested that the legislature allow the Division of Animal Industry to assess a fee of one dollar per trichomoniasis tag at the time the veterinarian purchases said tags. This will make monies available to more effectively run the trichomoniasis program. An example of needed funds in the program is the development of better testing techniques as mentioned above. The Division will begin next year to have the tags available at our office. By carrying the tags at the

Division, a more timely response to orders will be achieved. As a reminder, all cattle producers should be following good animal husbandry practices to detect this disease. Such practices include the following: 1. Annual pregnancy testing by a licensed veterinarian. 2. Culturing any open cows that have a reproductive infection at annual palpation. 3. Culling all open cows. 4. Annual testing of bulls in accordance to the Trich rule in reference to this disease. 5. Report to UDAF any bulls you find without proper identification (ear tag) indicating a current Trich test turned out in a breeding situation. Together agriculture can work to eliminate this abortive disease from Utah’s livestock. UDAF seeks comments from the industry prior to formulating this proposed rule. Once the proposed rule has been drafted, it will submit it for the required 30-60 day comment period. For more information, contact Terry Menlove, UDAF Director of Animal Industry, at 801-538-7166.

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>Development Continued from P. 5 Congress and signed by President Barack Obama will go a long way in improving accessibility of much needed high-speed internet service to underserved communities. “Rural communities cannot participate in a recovering economy without access to broadband,” he said. “The lack of modern telecommunications services in rural areas hinders the education, safety and economic opportunities for rural Americans. Stallman also discussed the need to recruit health care providers to practice in rural America. In addition, he emphasized the importance of improving rural highways and the inland waterway systems of locks and dams, both used to transport farm goods and critical for economic recovery. “Farm Bureau supports changes to federal highway policy that will bring about increased investment in rural roadways and bridges while recognizing and accommodating the unique needs of farmers moving their goods,” Stallman said. “Rural America needs reliable, affordable two-way transportation. Roads and bridges are the lifeblood of rural communities.”

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Utah Farm Bureau 2009 Women’s Conference to focus on joy in everyday living Learn how to find JOY in your everyday activities……Discover how to deal with the STRESS in your life…..Participate in activities designed to turn your debt into WEALTH…..Hear what other county women’s committees are doing to SPEAK UP for agriculture….HAVE FUN…..Get ENERGIZED!

award winning “A Woman’s View” on Saturday mornings; Angel Shannon, who appears twice a week on ABC 4’s Good Things Utah and is a featured guest speaker around the Intermountain West specializing in stress relief for audiences; Debra Spielmaker and Denise Stewardson from USU Extension’s Agriculture in the C l a s s r o o m department; Bob Cosgrove, owner of Turning Debt to Wealth; Utah Farm Bureau Aurline President, Leland Boyack Hogan and AFBF W o m e n ’ s Women’s Committee C o m m i t t e e Coordinator Member, Angela Rounding out the There is still time to register for Ryden. the 2009 Annual Farm Bureau outstanding speaker line-up will be Women’s Leadership Conference, several Utah Farm Bureau staff “Cultivate Your Garden of members. Possibilities,” scheduled for March “I am very pleased with the 20-21, 2009 at the CottonTree Inn conference agenda. I know that everyone who attends will go home in Sandy. Guest speakers for the with exciting new ideas and conference include Amanda avenues for dealing with the Dickson, author, co-host on KSL’s challenges we each face every day. morning show and host of the

It’s always good to see each other, share our ideas and have fun together. Bring your friends. They will be glad you invited them! “ –

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KSL’s Amanda Dickson will be speaking at the conference. Ruth Roberts, State Women’s Committee Chair. The cost of the conference is $22 per attendee. Please call Aurline Boyack at 801-233-3010 before March 12 to register for the conference. Hotel accommodations at the CottonTree Inn are $74 per night, with up to four per room. Continental breakfast is included. Please call the hotel at 801-523-8484 and ask for a reservation in the Farm

Bureau Group, #901932. To guarantee a room at this $74 rate, please make your reservation prior to March 4, 2009. DONATE COATS We have been presented with the opportunity to donate coats to BACA, Bikers Against Child Abuse. If you have any coats in your home which are no longer needed by your family members, would you please bring them with you to the Women’s Conference? We will collect them and deliver them to a BACA representative, who will distribute them to the homeless. During these tough economic times, this is another way in which we can assist those in need. Let’s do our part! THANKS!

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SALT LAKE CITY – Lori Jones, Program Specialist, for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Utah announced that due to low milk prices FSA will be making payments in April to producers through the FSA’s Milk Income Loss Contract, or MILC, program. The 2008 Farm Bill made changes to the MILC program, most notably the addition of a dairy feed ration cost adjustment in addition to changes to the payment rate and modifications to the per-operation poundage limit, depending on when the milk is produced. “We will be making MILC payments as a result of the low prices but because of the changes to the program ordered in the 2008 Farm Bill, the payments may be higher but will take a bit longer to gather the required data before payments can be made,” Jones explained. FSA makes MILC payments on a monthly basis when the Boston Class I milk price falls below $16.94 per hundredweight (cwt) as adjusted for feed costs. The monthly Boston price is posted online at:

Northeast_Order_Prices/ NE_Prices_main new.htm#Advance. FSA determines the per hundredweight payment rate for the applicable month by subtracting the Boston Class I price for that month from the $16.94 MILC payment trigger price as adjusted for feed costs, and multiplying the difference by 45 percent. The payment factor of 45 percent will decline to 34 percent on September 1, 2012. The MILC payment trigger price of $16.94 is adjusted upward when the National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost for a month is greater than $7.35 per cwt. This rate will change to $9.50 on September 1, 2012. The dairy feed ration cost is calculated each month from the price of feed ingredients used to create a 16 percent protein dairy feed as reported by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). “While the dairy feed ration cost adjustment benefits producers when feed costs are high, it also means we must wait until that

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FFA Final Four: The FFA discussion meet narrowed competitors down to 16 finalists who competed at the YF&R Leadership Conference in St. George. Four finalists came out of the fray and competed in the final round. They are, from left to right: Darcie Messerely (Enterprise), Wade Donaldson (Coalville), Katherine Nye (Delta), and Ryan Reese (Mt. Carmel). Nye came out as the champion when the competition was settled. FFA students tackled issues facing agriculture in a discussion setting, rather than a debate, as it more closely resembles how solutions are discovered. The issues talked about include the ability of an aging infrastructure to handle the transportation of commodities in the U.S.; how land-grant universities can remain critical to agriculture; how leaders can correct misconceptions of Farm Bureau; and how Farm Bureau can utilize up-and-coming leaders once they leave FFA.

Utah County Farm Bureau Board member Frank Nelson is interviewed by BYU Daily Universe reporter Kresha Orton, at the Maceyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grocery store in Spanish Fork. Nelson was there with other County Farm Bureau volunteers to promote Food Checkout Week. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to invite local media members to their events to help tell the story of how Utah farmers and ranchers are providing safe, nutritious and affordable food. More photos of Food Checkout Week events held last month can be found on page 28. Photo courtesy of Utah County Farm Bureau

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his clientele. Larsen is one of the few large animal vets in the area that services dairies, and regularly makes visits from the office to operations in Salina, Delta, Circleville, and the towns round about. On a recent visit to the Cedar Ridge dairy south of Salina to vaccinate Holsteins for brucellosis, Larsen commented that despite the extra time needed to service these clients, he loves the work he does. “This is what I grew up with – visiting farms,” Larsen said. “It’s more lucrative to do small animal care – the transaction fees are

Utahns. In terms of food animals, there are five Utah counties with numbers of food animals ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 with no large animal vet in the county. Duchesne, Iron, Millard, Summit, Tooele, Wayne and Weber all report rates of at least 25,000 animals per vet. Box Elder, Sanpete, and Sevier counties list ratios of at least 50,000 animals per vet. There are currently 30 openings for food vets, and an extremely conservative estimate for an additional 10 more each year according to Utah State Representative John Mathis, who is also a practicing large animal veterinarian in Vernal, Uintah County. Considering the State of Matt Utah grew by more than Hargreaves 82,000 people last year, Farm Bureau News there would be a need for Editor an additional 12 vets just to preserve the ration of one vet for 6,750 residents. This has Mathis higher – but I wanted to come to and counterparts around the Utah and work with these farmers.” To help make ends meet, Larsen country extremely concerned. “This really mirrors the decline also works with the local fire of people involved in agriculture department, teaches at Snow nationwide,” Mathis said. “It’s College and serves in the Utah tough, because you’re on-call 24/7, National Guard. As recently as the cost of vet school is so high, and 2004, Larsen was serving in th so you’ve got to find ways to make Afghanistan in the 19 Special Forces Unit. Larsen used his up that debt.” Most vets upon gradation from medical training to help with issues vet school leave with debts above dealing with public health, and $100,000, and are looking for ways would occasionally perform some on-site vet work. to get out of that “ P e o p l e hole. With large would come to the animal practices, villages we clients are spread stopped in, out over many holding their kid miles, which by one arm and limits the number their goat by the of clients that can other, asking me to be seen in a day. treat both at the Because of this, same time!” Larsen small animal said. practices are While on his considered more visit in Sevier lucrative than County, Larsen their large animal recognizes that the counterparts. conditions large When talking animal vets work about the in may also pose a discrepancies deterrent for future with large & small animal Vet Chris Larsen prepares a v e t e r i n a r i a n s . vets, USU brucellosis vaccine injection for Working in snowy E x t e n s i o n cattle on the Cedar Ridge dairy c o n d i t i o n s , slipping around in Veterinarian south of Salina in Sevier the mud while Kerry Rood said, County. Photo by Matt Hargreaves being kicked at by “The increases in animals in the salary have not kept pace with the middle of the night is not always the increases in debt from education.” Chris Larsen, a large animal dream work conditions for many veterinarian who shares a practice aspiring veterinarians. In an article in the New York in Gunnison, Sanpete County agrees with the sentiment of having Times, it was suggested that a earning power limited because of changing demographic is at work

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as well. More female and urban students who are looking for a way veterinary students are joining the to stay in Utah. Perhaps this option ranks, many of whom either have would provide a means for children not been exposed to working in of local farmers and ranchers to rural areas or have no desire to be kicked around by the clients they’re serving. San Filippo of the AVMA also said that the number of students in veterinary schools choosing to work with livestock has dropped to around 10 percent. States without local veterinary schools may feel the crunch even more because few doctors are Marcos Rostagno places a gauze pad willing to go to rural areas on the holding pen floor with hogs. The they are not familiar with. gauze sample will be cultured for SalThat problem, coupled monella bacteria. Photo courtesy of Scott Bauer with the issue of student debt, has Rep. Mathis thinking stay on the farm as well as practice about how to bridge the gap. medicine. “How do we attract local Rep. Mathis, who grew up on a students to our rural areas to farm in Monroe, Sevier County, practice vet medicine on livestock?” hopes legislation proposed during Mathis asks. Two ideas come to the 2009 General Legislative session mind that are similar in scope to will help fund students who want efforts to recruit medical doctors to to study veterinary medicine and residents in underserved areas. The stay in Utah. first idea is that of debt forgiveness. “It’s a great field to be in,” The idea has been tried in states such Mathis said. “Some people go to as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and work…I go to play. I really enjoy the Ohio among others, with the goal people I deal with.” of attracting new practitioners to Beyond the enjoyment rural areas in order to relieve their associating with farmers and debt burden. Ideally, such ranchers, Mathis feels that food applicants would come to enjoy the animal medicine plays a critical role practice and lifestyle and decide to in the biosecurity measures of the stay. At worst, there would be a steady supply of vets, if only for short spurts of time. Nationally, Congress passed a law in 2004, which helped to repay student loans for vets in underserved areas, but the law has received little Looking a gift horse in the mouth? No, Dr. if any funding Heather Case examines the teeth health of a since that time. horse in Illinois. Photo courtesy of AVMA The second idea, which coincides with the first, American food supply. Large would be to more completely animal and food animal vets are establish a veterinary program in trained in bioterrorism and public Utah. Currently, Utah State health issues. Recent concerns University only offers an dealing with mad cow disease and undergraduate program, with area melamine-tainted animal feed students typically moving on to highlight the need for progressive, either Washington State University, cutting-edge veterinary medicine. or Colorado State University for Producers also recognize the further study. Potentially, local value of their veterinarians in students would be able to spend providing the best care for their their first two years of study at USU, animals. then complete the final two years “It is absolutely crucial,” said of clinical courses at another Spencer Gibbons, Northern partner school. This could serve as a more attractive option for local >Veterinarian Continued on next page

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Regional manager for the Utah emotion. Such support will continue Farm Bureau and a dairyman in to be needed if animal agriculture Lewiston, Cache County. “We is to remain a cultural and could not get by without our vet. He economic force in our everhelps us make sure our animals are increasingly urbanized state. healthy, strong and in good care. “That is why I’m here in the Having healthy animals means we’ll legislature – to help ensure that have milk that is nutritious, and that agriculture can produce a safe our cows will produce product at a for a long time.” reasonable Jason Christensen, price,” said a turkey farmer in Rep. Mathis. Sanpete County W h i l e echoes Gibbons’ numbers of words. Their poultry large animal veterinarian is vets have provided by the decreased in Moroni Feed Co-op, ARS agricultural engineers are the state since and helps ensure their developing a computer-di- 1990, Mathis, birds receive a healthy rected scanning system that Larsen and diet and guards against could help speed inspection other vets like threats such as avian them are of chickens at federally ininfluenza. proving their spected plants. ARS has re- i n c r e a s i n g l y The value of food and large animal ported a 12 percent shortage great worth to veterinarians is of vets critical to its mission. U t a h ’ s becoming further Photo courtesy of Stephen Ausmus agricultural defined in the current political and industry. With efforts to encourage cultural struggles with animal rights more doctors from our rural extremism. During the recent communities, there is hope that campaign involving Proposition 2 in local agriculture can be California, veterinarians provided strengthened even more. valuable political and scientific support. Despite the lost campaign, veterinarians provided reason to a debate too often dominated by

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African Bee detected in Southern Utah Residents advised to approach all bees with caution ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Utah with the bee since 1990, and we in Department of Agriculture and Utah can do the same. I encourage Food (UDAF) has detected the you to visit our web site presence of the Africanized Honey ( to understand the Bee (AHB) in Washington and Kane risks, and learn how to avoid these Counties of Southern Utah. The aggressive bees.” African bees look just like hives that were discovered have been destroyed and there have been traditional European honey bees. no reported incidents of attacks on An African bee sting is not more humans or animals. The presence of powerful than a European honey AHB in Utah is not believed to be bee sting. Their danger comes from wide spread. Residents are the number of stings a hive can encouraged to approach all bees inflict. The UDAF continues to work with caution and respect. The UDAF has maintained a with Utah beekeepers to identify series of bee traps throughout hives that become aggressive. We Southern Utah since 1994. Over the wish to remind residents that the honey bee population in past several Utah is very important to months, tests agriculture and wildlife, have been and that not all bees are conducted on African bees. Beekeepers more than 80 who maintain gentle hives that were stocks are our first line of located in areas defense against AHB. suitable for African bees tend to not AHB activity. move into an area where Seven of the 80 bee colonies already exist. hives have been Since the discovery of confirmed as African bee in Mesquite, Africanized by Nevada in November of the U.S. 1999, the UDAF has been Department of working with Washington Agriculture’s A g r i c u l t u r e African bees found under County public safety R e s e a r c h irrigation equipment in agencies regarding African bee response. The agency Service (ARS) Southern Utah. laboratory in Photo courtesy of UDAF has said it will redouble its efforts to offer training to Tucson, Ariz. The seven hives were promptly emergency first responders, local destroyed. Three of the seven hives health departments, police and fire, were found in the wild near St. school districts and any group that George, Washington County in seek assistance. UDAF traps intended to attract African bees. Four of the seven hives were found in hives managed by private beekeepers near Kanab, Kane County and St. George. “This discovery makes it imperative that we think differently about honey bees in our state,” said L e o n a r d Blackham, Utah Inspectors check traps that were set to disCommissioner of cover Africanized bees. Bees were found Agriculture and both in traps and in the wild in Kane and Food. “While the Washington Counties. Photo courtesy of UDAF African bee poses a The best way to avoid an attack credible health and safety risk, we should not overreact to this is to be aware of where bees tend to development. Communities form hives, look for bees and if you throughout the South and see them, move in the opposite Southwest have safely coexisted direction.

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Sanctity of private property rights Farm Bureau is very careful to not compromise so great a principle as private property rights in an effort to cooperate and collaborate with those who reject the sanctity of property ownership. We must always remember that ownership of private property is the single most important difference between the American society and all others. It is the reason we have prospered. There are many today who do not understand that and who, if given the chance, would cancel private property rights in what they perceive as the public interest. The right to private property is one of those principles in which there is no room for compromise. If you believe in private property rights, you cannot look upon government confiscation in any form with any degree of allowance. You either preserve private property rights or you endanger them. The debate over private property rights versus the so-called public interest began long before the United States was born. Dissertations of John Locke, the English philosopher and economist often credited with the genesis of the American economic system, are filled with expressions about the sanctity of private property rights. Further, the Founding Fathers vigorously debated this question and, ultimately, placed strict protections of private property rights into the 5 th and 14 th amendments to the Constitution. In fact, it is probably safe to assume that in the minds of the key architects of that document, the principle of private property was preeminent above all others in their inspired conception of a free nation. Private property rights lie near the source of the liberty under which Americans are free to enjoy the God-given beauty of the Earth. It is the nature of government to constantly close in upon that liberty, to diminish it, to consume it. The right to property is a civil right, no less than the rights to freedom of speech and worship, and the rights to due process and equal protection under the law. The right to own and use private property allows individuals to pursue their hopes and dreams without infringing on the rights of other property owners. As designed in the Constitution and by

the Founding Fathers, governments only became involved when that relationship between property owners had been violated and a dispute resolution was needed. That is where any new legislation should start. The legislation should focus on relationships of property owners, not on how to define what physical property is covered by the legislation. It should focus on how to protect the rights that property owners already have, not on how government is going to trade off the rights of one g r o u p Sterling C. against Brown the rights Vice Presidentof another Organization group. The focus when protecting private property rights should not be on compensation. The focus should be on the rights which property owners have – which governments were created to protect. Compensation is only an issue when governments must take property to pursue legitimate government interests. Compensation is a sideshow, the rights of individuals to pursue their hopes and dreams are the main event. Legislation should be able to stand the test of time and be as relevant to events 50 years from now as it is now. If it will not stand the test of time, property is not secure and economic uncertainty will increase. For 90 years, Utah Farm Bureau members have reaffirmed their position or policy regarding the sanctity and protection of private property rights. Utah landowners should have the right to manage their private property without government interference (Utah Farm Bureau policy #315). Yet, over this same time period, efforts to erode and camouflage these rights are done in the name of recreation and public interests. Does the majority really wish to relinquish, unleash or undo local and state laws that govern a founding liberty – even a freedom or right to own and manage private property? Farm Bureau stands firm and committed to its ongoing and tested policy in protecting the rights associated with private property. Join us in the policy development process to ensure the majority prevails.

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AFBF launches consumer web site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation today launched a web site targeted at consumers. The site, Your Agriculture, at yourag, is aimed at educating the non-farming public about agriculture issues, farmers and ranchers and the food, fiber and fuel they grow. “The average American is three generations removed from the farm and does not have a clear understanding of where their food comes from,” said AFBF Director of Public Relations Don Lipton. “We hope this new website will help us engage in conversation with consumers about modern agricultural production while shedding light on issues faced by America’s farmers and ranchers.” The Your Agriculture site includes: -A “Meet a Farmer” section, which profiles a farmer or rancher each month with an audio slideshow and Q&A. Heather Hill, a pork producer from Indiana and

-AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Committee member, is the first farmer to be profiled for the site. -A series of quizzes to test the public’s farm IQ and determine if they are “smarter than a 5th grade farm kid.” -A consumers’ guide to farm policy and agriculture issues. -Farm fact sheets, a foodie blog and video stories from the public

television series “America’s Heartland.” The Your Agriculture website is the most recent effort taken by AFBF to reach out to consumers about farming and ranching. Other AFBF outreach includes the FBlog, the Foodie blog and AFBF’s Facebook page.

CSA Open House! March 24, 2009

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) connects local community members to locally grown food. Meet local farmers and learn how to receive regular deliveries of locally grown fresh produce.

The Great Salt Lake RC&D invites you to connect with your food and community by attending this upcoming Community Supported Agriculture Open House

Salt Lake City Main Library 210 East 400 South Level 4, Conference Room March 24th 6:30 pm We hope to see you there! For more information, please call Jeff Williams at 801-557-0521 or email The Great Salt Lake RC&D is an Equal Opportunity Provider “Promoting partnerships that improve and protect communities and the environment”

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>Landscape Continued from P. 1 introduce a thought. Now, farmers and others will look at how each and every one of Obama’s actions could affect their productivity and profitability. Obama’s support for a farm safety net and biofuel production incentives bodes well for farmers. Working with the new Congress, comprehensive immigration reform may have a better chance of passing. On international trade, climate change and other regulatory issues, agriculture will have to make a strong case for policies that help farmers sell more of their products abroad and don’t eat away at their profitability. Democrats now hold larger majorities in the House and Senate. This can be good and bad. It eases the deadlock that has so often prevented Congress from getting things done, such as immigration reform. But this shift also will make it easier for the administration and Democrats in Congress to get their legislative initiatives passed without having to compromise with Republicans. In the Senate, at least, Democrats will be just shy of a filibuster-proof super-majority, and they will still need to reach across the aisle. There’s been a lot of talk about how historical this election is. As a result of the passage of Proposition 2 in California, egg production most likely will become history in that state. The ballot initiative will have negative consequences for farmers and consumers alike. Egg farmers will go out of business. Consumers will get more eggs from hens that are at higher risk of contact with migratory and wild birds carrying diseases such as bird flu. Well-financed animal rights groups succeeded by appealing to voters’ emotions, rather than their good sense. Those same groups will try to replicate that success in other states, so if you haven’t experienced it yet, look for a Prop 2-type attack on animal agriculture on a ballot near you. But after two long years of campaign speeches, robo-calls, “My Friends” and “Looks,” most of us are just glad it’s all over. Now, it’s time to get to work!

Utah Farm Bureau News >Climate Continued from P. 2 American companies a ‘carbon credit’ windfall as they shut down domestic operations and sell their carbon credits in a cap-and-trade marketplace – only to restart operations in another less regulated country. Let’s recognize developed countries tend to emit lower levels of carbon dioxide based on their economy’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), while developing countries emit higher levels. The U.S. in 2004 emitted 515 tons of carbon dioxide for each million dollars of GDP while China emitted 2,220 tons. The relocation of U.S. companies facilitated by the sale of carbon credits could result in a net increase of global carbon dioxide emissions. The media continues its crusade to kill debate and scientific discussion on the science of global warming. They continue to report on the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as consensus that man is the cause of global warming. The famous 2,500 IPCC scientists are really a collaboration of world governments set up by the United Nations in 1988. They are guided by politically adopted principles and procedures with no mention of their research experience, bibliography or citation criteria. In contrast, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine reports more than 31,000 American scientists warn that there is no convincing evidence man is the cause of global warming. Interestingly, with a decade of global temperatures leveling and even dropping, previously man caused global warming is now referred to as man caused climate change. According to the experts, capand-trade will have a destabilizing effect on our economy. Award winning economist and member of Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board Arthur Laffer calls cap-and-trade “an economically harmful and ineffective policy for addressing global warming concerns.” The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warns against cap-and-trade, especially regional programs, because they drive the costs of energy higher. A recent study done by Management Information Services, Inc., of Washington D.C. shows that the WCI plans do not work, that the efforts will devastate the West’s economy and will have virtually no effect on climate. The study sponsored by the Western Business Roundtable (at exposes the WCI plan as a failure. The WCI chose an economic model that assumed there would be no new

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power plants in the West fueled by clean coal, natural gas, hydro or nuclear, and that all of the region’s future electricity growth could be met with renewables and reduced demand. Intermittent and costly wind and solar currently supply only a small fraction of our energy needs. The U.S. Energy Administration predicts that by 2030, wind and solar will only provide about 2 percent of America’s energy. The study identified how much the WCI cap-and-trade would actually affect climate change. Management Information Services used the same formula driving the IPCC global warming hysteria to see that betting Utah’s economy would reduce global temperatures. The result: It would reduce temperature by 1/10,000 of a degree over the next 50 years! Utah’s House of Representatives, the state’s policy-makers closest to the people, have overwhelmingly sent a message to the Governor. The costs of WCI cap-and-trade are too great, while the investment returns too little in climate gain. That is if you discount 31,000 American scientists and assume global warming is in fact man-made.

USDA extends comment period for regulation on payment limitations and payment eligibility SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Tom Miyagishima, Acting Executive Director for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Utah announced that following Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that the comment period for the regulation defining actively engaged participation in a farming operation has been extended for an additional 60 days, FSA is seeking a diverse range of comments from different areas of the United States and farming communities. With this extension, the public may continue to submit comments until April 6, 2009. The extension

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Children encouraged to stretch imaginations to limits for creative stories on experiences with food What do peaches, onions and milk have in common? Why the 2009 Creative Story Contest and its approaching deadline!

Women’s Committee Aurline Boyack

The contest is open to all school children in grades 3 through 8. All entries must be submitted to the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair in the county where the student resides. Only the first place entries for each grade level in each county will be eligible for the state competition. The state contest deadline is April 15, 2009. State first place winners in each grade level will receive $100. Second place winners will receive $50 and the third place winners will receive $25. Teachers of first place

Women’s Committee Coordinator

We’d also like [kids] to learn of the role farmers and

‘Food Grows Where Water Flows’ has ranchers play in providing safe, abundant and been chosen as the topic for the 2009 Utah affordable food products.” Farm Bureau ‘Celebrate Agriculture’ Creative Story contest. School children - Ruth Roberts, UFBF Women’s Committee in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to Chair use their imagination and writing skills to submit a story about the role water plays in w i n n e r s w i l l b e a w a r d e d c l a s s r o o m growing the food we eat. resources. “The purpose of this contest is to foster a The contest brochure containing the greater understanding among Utah’s school c o m p l e t e c o n t e s t r u l e s a n d c o n t a c t children and their teachers of Utah’s information for each county’s Women’s a g r i c u l t u r a l i n d u s t r y , ” e x p l a i n s R u t h Committee Chairman is available on the Roberts, State Women’s Committee Chair. Utah Farm Bureau Web site at, “We’d also like them to learn of the role > > P r o g r a m s > > W o m e n ’ s Committee. farmers and ranchers play in providing safe, Teachers who wish to participate as part of abundant and affordable food products, their on-line course requirements will need renewable energy, a strong economy and to contact the appropriate county chair to numerous jobs.” learn the county contest deadline and where S p o n s o r e d b y U t a h F a r m B u r e a u to submit their student’s entries. If you need Women, the contest was also created to additional information or have questions, encourage Utah teachers to use agricultural please call the state office at 801-233-3010. concepts as they teach the Utah core Remove the water from peaches, onions curriculum and to acquaint them with the or milk – what is left? resources available through the Agriculture in the Classroom program.

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USU Extension provides resources for small acreage owners LOGAN -Agriculture production ground continues to be divided into 1 to 5-plus acre parcels throughout Utah, and Utah State University Extension’s Small Acreage Educational Program provides resources and hands-on training for these new land owners. “With all of the farming acreages around more metropolitan areas within Utah being carved up into small ‘ranchette’ properties, there is a real need to help these non-agrarian land owners understand their responsibilities and how to make their ‘dream property’ come true,” said Scott McKendrick, statewide Small Acreage Programs coordinator. McKendrick manages the Small Acreage team that includes 18 USU Extension field staff and specialists. The team educates small acreage owners on the aspects of rural living. The committee’s goals are to help land owners determine their lands’ resources, liabilities and limits; plan with the end in mind; practice environmental responsibility; complement the neighboring production; and find and share alternatives. The team hosts two to four regional workshops in Utah each year. The 2009 Small Acreage Workshops have been hosted in Emery/Carbon, Davis/Weber and Iron counties. Topics discussed have included soil type, testing and fertility; irrigation; water quality and quantity; controlling insects and weeds; pasture management; wildlife enhancement; and more. For more information about the program and future workshop topics and dates, visit or visit Lisa Rose Woodworth at 435-797-0810 or

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CSA Utah: From here to here By Jeff Williams, Great Salt Lake RC&D Council

SALT LAKE CITY – Two acres of farmland is lost to development in the United States each minute. Between 1982 and 1997 an area the size of Maine and New Hampshire was converted from agricultural use. Community supported agriculture (CSA) allows local community members to embrace and nourish farming while having an input into what is farmed where they live. CSA is part of a growing grassroots movement that encourages local urban and rural citizens to share responsibility for the land where their food is grown and how their food is produced. In simplest terms, CSA is a partnership between local agricultural producers and consumers. Members or “shareholders” pay a fee at the beginning of the growing season to help meet a farm’s operating expenses for the upcoming season. In return, members receive a portion of the farm’s produce each week throughout the growing season. The Great Salt Lake RC&D will launch a new Web site in the near future to inform both the public and farmers about the opportunities and challenges associated with CSA in Utah. You can also buy CSA shares online, by visiting Cooperation lets farmers and consumers share in the risks and benefits of farming. Unlike conventional agriculture, in which farmers bear the risks of weather, pests, and the marketplace alone, in community supported agriculture, the entire farm community shares a portion of both bounty and scarcity. This cooperation can provide farmers with a more equitable return for their labor and investment while relieving some of the burdens and uncertainties of conventional marketing. CSA is fresh food rooted in your community. But CSA is perhaps best known for how it fosters connections between urban dwellers and the land and encourages local

cooperation among rural and urban communities. Many farms host field days, produce newsletters, and hold workshops that educate members about sustainable farming and healthy food choices. Shareholders find they experience a more healthful and varied diet that allows them to nourish themselves and their community. By directly supporting farmers and producers within their local eco-region, consumers can reduce the size of their carbon footprint due to significantly lower use of transportation resources. Consumers can nourish local farmers and their local environment by purchasing directly from growers that incorporate practices who provide the kind of benefits they want, including wise use of crop fertilizers and crop-protecting products, decreased erosion and increased water quality. CSA is also a helpful tool to keep dollars within the community instead of exporting spending power out of the area. Shareholders get an opportunity to provide input to the people that are growing their food and learn how and where food they purchase is grown; this creates a sense of responsibility and stewardship of local farmlands. CSAs are typically diverse and serve as an effective means of preserving farming in local communities. On Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Salt Lake City Main Library at 210 East 400 South on the Fourth Level at 6:30 there will be a presentation about CSAs. Those interested in locally grown farm products are encouraged to attend and learn about the benefits and challenges involved in forming a CSA along the Wasatch Front. Please join us this year to hear from new farmers and local producers. This event is sponsored by the Great Salt Lake RC&D Council, an equal opportunity provider and employer. Contact Jeff Williams at (801) 524-4254, or for additional information.

One less thing to worry about John Hart, Director of News Services, AFBF

John Halick, a wise man who worked as a cereal chemist for Uncle Ben’s Rice for a number of years, was instrumental in the formation of USDA’s rice quality laboratory in Beaumont, Texas, in the 1950s. Dr. Halick is quoted as saying: “Man has many problems, but a hungry man just has one.” With those profound and powerful words, Dr. Halick, who

devoted his career to improving the quality of rice varieties produced in the United States, crystallized the important role agriculture plays in feeding a hungry world. Today’s headlines are filled with a constant stream of bad news and the president is telling us that we are in the most perilous economic times since the Great Depression. It is hard not to be discouraged. Indeed, man has many problems.

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Baxter Black: The hopping horse

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” E.B. Browning, 1857 “How can you get bucked off? Let me count the ways.” B. Black, 2009 Over the years I have chronicled hundreds of horse wreck stories that have been told to me. I still marvel at the uniqueness of each one and how it stretches the imagination. One only need look through any rodeo photographer’s scrapbook to see the spectacular displays of flying bodies, nose diving human projectiles and the continuous collection of cringing, crashing, crumpled cartwheeling cowboys caught catapulting on camera! There is a fine line between getting on a horse that you hope will buck, and one that you hope won’t! At least in the bucking chute you are forewarned. Ron is an outfitter in Washington State. Packers and outfitters, in my opinion, look at horses differently than cowboys. Cowboys expect a degree of cow savvy, quickness, refinement and good looks. They might even sacrifice a little ‘usefulness’ for a good head or pretty color. Packers put very little store in lookin’ good. I don’t mean personally, but in a horse they want a stout one with stamina and strength. Long hair, big feet, blemishes, Roman noses, bob tails or the disposition of the Unabomber is okay as long as he packs his share of the load. After all, packers never shave either! Bill is a carpenter with a bad back who, at the time of this story, was wearing a body cast. He asked Ron if he could put a ‘handle’ on a new horse he had just purchased. Ron mounted the beast. From the start it was obvious the light colored, long headed, round withered, spooky-eyed devil had not spent much time in the Western Pleasure Class. They started making circles in the round pen. Then Ron attempted a sliding stop. Hammerhead stopped abruptly and then backed up. Ron swiveled to the right, then to the left but Hammerhead kept backing. Then he reared up on his hind legs and began hopping backwards! Ron clung like a monkey on a flag pole until he bailed out and slid off the rump where he landed on his butt in the sitting position. He was looking up at the crazed horse who was still hopping toward him! Ron scooted to the aft, crablike until he hit the solid uprights of the round pen. The horse crashed tail first into the posts and sat on Ron! Bill, who had watched this circus-like performance, hobbled over to his crushed companion. “Are you alright?” he asked. “No,” said Ron. “Are you sure?” asked Bill. “Yes,” said Ron, “My leg’s broke!” Realizing he could not lift his friend by himself, Bill ran to the barn and came back with his stall mucking wheelbarrow. “Are you sure you can carry me in that?” asked Ron, thinking of his friend’s back. “Yeah,” said Bill reassuringly, “I’ve hauled bigger loads of manure than you in this rig!”

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>Comment Continued from P. 17 document is available at http:// federalNotices?are=home&subject =lare&topic=frd-ii. The regulation, published Dec. 29, 2008, invited comments on the interim rule for implementation of key eligibility requirements for many FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. The regulations were revised as mandated by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) to make changes in payment eligibility, payment attribution, maximum income limits and maximum dollar benefit amounts for participants in CCC-funded programs. In addition, certain provisions were incorporated that are discretionary. The actively engaged provision requires that individuals and entities must be “actively engaged in farming” with respect to a farming operation in order to be eligible for specified payments and benefits. To be “actively engaged in farming,” the individual or entity must make significant contributions to the farming operation of (1) capital, equipment, land, or a combination; and (2) personal labor or active personal

Utah Farm Bureau News management, or a combination. Under rules in effect since 1988, not every member of an entity is required to contribute active personal labor or management. The interim rule requires each partner, stockholder, or member with an ownership interest to make a contribution of active personal labor or active personal management. The contribution must be regular and substantial, and documented as well as separate and distinct from any other member’s contribution. The rule limits the ability of passive stockholders to continue to realize benefits from the entity. The substantive rule changes make the requirement for adding new persons to a farming operation more restrictive. The addition of a person to an existing farming operation can be met through an increase of 20 percent of base acres to the operation; previously the requirement was an increase of 20 percent in cropland.

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State legislature active as it heads into the home stretch

As we began the fourth week of the session Farm Bureau had a number of big bills to be heard this week. The Stream Access bill was heard in committee and passed out 10-4 and is on the board in the House to be debated by the entire body. It is critical that each member that reads this report contact their respective legislator in regards to HB 187 so we can keep it moving forward. It is a fundamental property rights issue. This is not a fish vs. farm issue. The bill does two things. One provide for access by the public to streams that are arguably “navigable” and allow access to those for recreational purposes and define those. Second – provide for protections for private landowners who have had access granted to property that has heretofore been closed to public access. 1SHB 187 addressed the unanswered questions in the court decision. It strikes a balance between landowners and the perceived right to public recreation on private lands. The priority of water rights bill is still moving forward with a few amendments. This will be heard on the floor of the Senate as it passed the Senate Committee this week. The League of Cities and Towns is still arguing against the bill as are several water companies and water interests. The following is a summary of several bills that may have an impact on agriculture. However informative, the status of the bills summarized below may have changed by the time this article has gone to print. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Utah Farm Bureau Web site at PolicyWatch.html. HOUSE BILLS *HB 18 WATER RIGHT APPLICATIONS AND RECORDS (PAINTER) This bill defines terms and requires the state engineer to extend the time in which to complete an application if the applicant meets certain requirements; it clarifies the calculation of time for extension of an application and deletes redundant provisions relating to an extension of certain applications. It deletes provisions relating to when a state engineer shall deny or approve an application and

authorizes, and in some cases requires, the extension of time on a water right application held by a public water supplier or a wholesale electrical cooperative. It authorizes the segregation of a

Practical Policy Todd R. Bingham Vice PresidentPublic Policy water right or an application. It deletes the requirement to deny segregation for certain reasons; authorizes the consolidation of a water right or application. FB is monitoring this bill. This bill passed the Executive Water Task Force and the State Water Development Commission. Passed House and Senate. Awaiting Enrollment. *HB 19 WATER RIGHTS INFORMAL ADJUDICATION (MCIFF) This bill allows the court to consider failure to prosecute a suit to final judgment within a certain time period lack of diligence, rather than requiring the court to dismiss the action. This bill was recommended by the Interim Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee. FB supports this bill. Bill Passes. Awaiting Enrollment. *HB 27 PROTECTIONS FOR AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES (MORLEY) This bill eliminates the presumption that agricultural operations are conducted in accordance with sound agricultural practices and provides that agricultural operations are not nuisances. FB supports this bill. House Concurred with Senate Amendments. Awaiting Enrollment. *1SHB 62 STATE WATER DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION AMENDMENTS (GIBSON) This bill allows more than two senators from the same political party to serve on the State Water Development Commission in certain circumstances. FB supports this bill. Passed Both House and Senate. Awaiting Enrollment. *HB 68 DEVELOPMENT EXACTIONS (PAINTER) This bill enacts a definition of “water interest” and places limitations and restrictions on a county or municipality’s imposition of an

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exaction for a water interest; and requires culinary water authorities to provide the basis for its calculations of projected water right requirements. FB supports this bill. Awaiting Enrollment. *HB 73 VEHICLE OPERATOR TURN OFF REQUIREMENTS (HUNSAKER) This bill defines slow moving vehicle; requires an operator of a slow-moving vehicle causing a line of five or more vehicles behind the operator’s vehicle on a highway with one lane in each direction to turn off the roadway where a safe turnout exists; and permit the following vehicles to pass; provides that the operator of certain vehicles is exempt from the requirement to turn off the roadway and permit the vehicles following behind the operator’s vehicle to pass. FB is monitoring this bill. House Committee Motion to pass failed. Substitute bill sent to Fiscal analyst. *HB 85 MUTUAL BENEFIT CORPORATIONS _ JUDICIAL LIENS (PAINTER) This bill modifies the Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporations Act and lien provisions to address the execution of a judicial lien against the water rights and related assets of a mutual benefit corporation. FB supports this bill. It protects liens against a water company and applying it to the water right in lieu of payment. Passed both Senate and House. Awaiting Enrollment. *HB 105 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD AMENDMENTS (MATHIS) This bill allows the Department of Agriculture and Food to approve and make grants and loans to certain individuals under the rural rehabilitation program. FB supports this bill. Senate Third Reading Calendar. *HB 115 COUNTY CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION FUND (DRAXLER) This bill: amends the Farmland Assessment Act to authorize a county legislative body to deposit certain revenues received under the Farmland Assessment Act into a conservation and preservation fund; establishes the purposes for which revenues deposited into a conservation and preservation fund may be expended; and provides that a conservation and preservation fund is subject to Title 17, Chapter 36, Uniform Fiscal Procedures Act for Counties. FB supports this bill. Failed in House Vote. Bill is Filed.

Utah Farm Bureau News *HB 120 SNAKE VALLEY AQUIFER TEAM AND ADVISORY COUNCIL (WINN) This bill creates the Snake Valley Aquifer Research Team and creates the Snake Valley Aquifer Advisory Council; establishes council duties; and establishes research team data and information collection and reporting duties. FB is monitoring this bill. House Third Reading Calendar. *HB 153 TRESPASS LAW AMENDMENTS (MATHIS) This bill creates the offense of criminal trespass on agricultural or range lands and describes the requirements necessary in order for a person to enter these lands lawfully. It provides definitions; and provides a civil penalty. FB supports this bill. Passed House Committee 2/13. Amended in Committee. House Third Reading Calendar. *HB 187 RECREATIONAL USE OF PUBLIC WATERS (FERRY) This bill defines terms; clarifies a provision relating to fencing; establishes a criminal penalty for cutting a fence; and violating a provision in a part; authorizes a person to engage in certain recreational activities in specified public waters; authorizes a person in certain circumstances to touch certain private beds beneath public waters; specifies the public waters in which a person may engage in a recreational activity; creates a Recreational Access Board; establishes membership and duties for the Recreational Access Board; and establishes procedures for applications to the Recreational Access Board. FB supports this bill. It attempts to clarify a recent Supreme Court Case on public access. Passed House Committee 10-4 on February 20. House Third Reading Calendar. HB 190 STATE ENERGY POLICY RESTRICTIONS (BARRUS) This bill requires legislative approval of certain interstate agreements affecting state energy resources and use. FB is monitoring this bill. House Rules Committee. HB 191 AIR QUALITY BOARD AMENDMENTS (BARRUS) This bill amends a provision relating to the power of the Air Quality Board. FB is monitoring this bill. House Rules Committee. *1SHB 240 WANTON DESTRUCTION OF LIVESTOCK (MENLOVE) This bill defines terms; establishes penalties for the wanton destruction of livestock; and provides for the seizure and

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disposition of property used in the wanton destruction of livestock. FB supports this bill. Passed Senate Committee. Senate Consent Calendar. *HB 241 PRIORITY OF WATER RIGHTS (GIBSON) This bill repeals a section relating to the priority of water rights in times of scarcity. FB policy on prior appropriation doctrine supports this bill. The Executive Water Task Force and the State Water Development Commission

recommended this bill. Passed Senate Committee with Amendments. Senate Second Reading Calendar. HB 256 LIVESTOCK WATERING RIGHT AMENDMENTS (NOEL) This bill repeals the authority of the Department of Agriculture and Food relating to a livestock water use certificate; defines terms; authorizes a beneficial user to file a nonuse application for a livestock watering

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>Legislature Continued from P. 21 right; repeals the provision relating to a forage right; clarifies who can apply for a livestock water use certificate; and requires the state engineer to provide an online application for a livestock water use certificate. FB is monitoring this bill. No action to date. House Rules Committee. *HB 278 B AND C ROAD FUND AMENDMENTS (NOEL) This bill provides that a county or municipality may use up to 30% of the class B and class C roads account funds allocated to the county or municipality to pay the costs of asserting, defending, or litigating state and local government rights under R.S. 2477. FB is monitoring this bill. Senate Circled. *HB 366 WATER RIGHTS ADDENDUM TO DEEDS (FERRY) This bill requires that a person recording a deed conveying title to land or water rights include information on the grantor’s water rights. FB supports this bill. House to Standing Committee. *HB 393 AIR QUALITY AMENDMENTS (BARRUS) This

bill amends and enacts provisions in the Air Conservation Act relating to siting a source of pollution. FB is monitoring this bill. House Committee held. *HB 412 ENERGY POLICY AMENDMENTS (BARRUS) This bill amends the state energy policy to determine the economic impacts of a proposed legislative or executive action involving climate change; amends the state energy policy to promote and advocate for fair and consistent federal climate change regulation. FB supports this bill. House to Standing Committee. *HB 413 COUNTY AUTHORITY AMENDMENTS (MENLOVE) This bill authorizes counties to regulate the placement and maintenance of fences on agricultural land; and authorizes counties to designate divisions and apply different fence regulations in different divisions. FB is evaluating this bill. House to Standing Committee. HB 414 EMINENT DOMAIN MODIFICATIONS (FRANK) This bill defines “litigation expenses”; provides that litigation expenses shall be awarded to the property

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owner if the final award amount exceeds the written offer by 5%; and specifies who determines the amount of litigation expenses. FB supports this bill. The bill has a 4.5 million dollar fiscal note. No action to date. SENATE BILLS *SB 13 ADMINISTERING SUBSTANCES TO WILDLIFE (DAYTON) This bill defines terms; and prohibits a person from administering a substance to wildlife, except in certain circumstances. FB supports this bill. There is an exemption for agriculture as used in normal activities. Passed Senate and House. Awaiting Enrollment. *SB 33 UTILITY TRANSMISSION CORRIDOR SITING TASK FORCE (JENKINS) This bill creates the Utility Transmission Corridor Siting Task Force; provides for membership of the task force and member compensation; specifies duties and responsibilities of the task force; and specifies the issues that the task force will review. FB is monitoring this bill. Passed Senate, sent to House. *SB 41 SITING OF HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINE ACT (KNUDSON) This bill authorizes the Public Service Commission to conduct hearings and designate the siting of certain high voltage power lines that traverse more than one local government entity. FB is monitoring this bill. Senate to Standing Committee. *2SSB 83 CONDEMNATION AMENDMENTS (STOWELL) This bill authorizes a person whose property is acquired under threat of eminent domain to agree with the condemnor to a reasonable amount of time for commencement of construction and use of all the property that is the subject of the condemnation acquisition; and commence an action to set aside the condemnation acquisition if commencement of construction or use of all the property has not been accomplished within the time specified; requires a condemnor who acquires property under threat of eminent domain to inform the condemnee of those rights. FB supports this bill. Senate Second Reading Calendar. *SB 128 RAINWATER HARVESTING (JENKINS) This bill provides for the collection and use of precipitation without obtaining a water right under certain conditions. FB is monitoring this bill for potential water right

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holder implications. Passed Senate Committee, Senate Second Reading Calendar. *SB 135 LOCAL DISTRICT TAXING AUTHORITY (BRAMBLE) This bill prohibits certain local districts that do not have elected boards from levying and collecting a property tax unless the revenue from the tax is already pledged for district obligations; or the tax is approved by district voters or by the county and each municipality with territory included within the local district. FB is monitoring this bill. There are some implications on local water districts and their ability to implement taxes for the distribution of water. Supposedly a substitute bill will be presented on the floor. FB supports the substitute. Passed Senate. House to Standing Committee. *SB 136 DIESEL-POWERED MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS INSPECTION PROGRAM AMENDMENTS (BELL) This bill provides that an implement of husbandry and a farm truck that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,001 pounds or more is exempt from the diesel-powered motor vehicle emissions opacity inspection and maintenance program; provides that a legislative body of a county shall exempt a pickup truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,000 pounds or less from the diesel-powered motor vehicle emissions opacity inspection and maintenance program if the registered owner of the pickup truck provides a signed statement to the legislative body that the pickup truck is used by an owner or operator of a farm on agricultural land exclusively for the purposes of operating the farm; requires the legislative body of a county to issue a certificate of exemption to certain pickup trucks that are used by an owner or operator of a farm. FB supports this bill. It closes a loophole that was unintended from previous legislation. Awaiting Enrollment. *SB 171 ANNEXATION AMENDMENTS (JENKINS) The provides that a municipality may annex an area without a property owner annexation petition if the area is 50 acres or less and the municipality and county agree it should be annexed. FB worked to get the language removes from the bill. FB is monitoring the bill. Senate to standing committee. *SB 178 CLASS B AND C ROAD AMENDMENTS (VAN TASSELL) This bill increases the bid limit from

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$125,000 to $500,000 for construction and certain maintenance contracts for class B and C roads. FB is monitoring this bill. Senate Rules Committee. RESOLUTIONS *HR 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE NARROWS WATER PROJECT IN CENTRAL UTAH (WINN) This resolution of the House of Representatives urges Congress and the United States Bureau of Reclamation to support development of the Narrows Water Project in Central Utah. FB is monitoring this resolution. Passed House, awaiting enrollment. *HR 3 RESOLUTION ON ENERGY POLICY (NOEL) This resolution of the House of Representatives of the state of Utah urges that Utah withdraw from the Western Climate Initiative. FB policy on energy supports this bill. Passed Committee House Third Reading Calendar. *HCR 6 CONCURRENT RESOLUTION EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO CONGRESSIONAL EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE JURISDICTION OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT (BROWN) This resolution expresses strong opposition to any federal legislation that would expand the reach and scope of the Clean Water Act and a strong commitment to the goals and objectives of the original Act; asserts that, given the scope of what could be construed as “waters of the United States,” it is not in the nation’s interest to subject these waters to all of the requirements of federal regulation; and urges Congress to preserve the traditional power of states over land and water use and avoid unnecessary alterations to the regulatory reach of the proposed Clean Water Act amendments. FB supports this bill. Passed House. Senate Committee Not Considered. *HJR 7 EQUINE RESOURCES JOINT RESOLUTION (WINN) This resolution urges the United States Congress to oppose federal legislation that would interfere with a state’s authority to direct the transport or processing of horses. FB supports this resolution. House to Lieutenant Governor. *SR 002 Senate Resolution Supporting the Narrows Project in Central Utah (OKERLUND) This resolution of the Senate urges Congress and the United States Bureau of Reclamation to support development of the Narrows Water

Utah Farm Bureau News Project in Central Utah. Senate to Lieutenant Governor. Legislative Action Legend House or Senate to standing committee – The Rules Committee recommends to the presiding officer of the standing committee to which the bill should be referred. The standing committee, in an open meeting, reviews the bill and receives public testimony. The committee may amend, hold, table, substitute, or make a favorable recommendation on the bill. Passed Committee – The bill has been heard and has been sent back to the house it came from to be heard on the floor and voted on. The bill will then be forwarded onto the other body to follow the same similar process. House or Senate Reading Calendars – The bill is on the board to be heard for the second or third time and then either referred to Governor for signature or sent to the other house for consideration. Bills in the Senate are heard for the second and third time before passing the body. Bills in the House are heard first to be read in, secondly after they come back from committee and then a third time before they go to the other body. The third time is when they are voted on while on the floor. Debate is heard and discussion is had prior to action being taken on the bill. Circled- Action taken when there is potentially debate on a bill or not enough votes to pass. The bill is essentially frozen until the sponsor moves to un-circle and take further action. Sent to Rules Committee – After a bill is heard in committee it is sent to the rules committee to determine when it will be put on the board and sent to the floor to be heard. Consent Calendar – Calendar on the floor where a bill is passed through committee with no opposition. Bills on the consent calendar do not require a debate on the floor. They are voted on based on a committee recommendation and then passed to the other house for further consideration. If you have questions, concerns or comments in regards to a bill or issue, please contact Todd Bingham at (801) 440-6510 or email to Also, if you have access to the Internet, a good source for action on all bills and legislative activities is on the legislative website at you can also access this site through the Utah Farm Bureau Federation Website at http:/ / (* (asterisk) denotes action has been taken on the bill during the week)

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Some want to limit a few of your favorite things By Lynne Finnerty, Editor of FBNews, an AFBF publication

Schnitzel with noodles is one of Maria’s “favorite things” in the musical, The Sound of Music. Some of your favorite things might be sausage and eggs on a Sunday morning, or roast turkey with gravy and buttery mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Of course, there are people who have different tastes. They prefer not to eat meat, or they go even further and swear off eggs and dairy products as well. Hey, it’s a free country. Vegetarians and vegans have good intentions, and they give farmers another market segment to serve. You would never shove meat, eggs and dairy products down someone’s throat if that’s not what they like to eat. But there are people who want to take away your choice to eat what you like. Don’t believe it? Then hold on to your bacon. Ballot initiatives against common, modern livestock production methods, launched under the guise of caring about

how animals are treated, are aimed at driving up the cost and complexity of raising farm animals to the point where a farmer can’t make any money. So far, initiatives have passed in Florida, Arizona and California to ban certain types of animal housing. As a result, two hog farms that existed in Florida before the ballot initiative have since closed. A university study says there probably won’t be any egg production left in California after Proposition 2 goes into effect. That initiative passed last November and banned the type of poultry cages used on most egg farms. The next ballot campaign could be in your state. By the way, most farm animals are treated very well. A lot of country folks grew up in drafty old houses, where the bedrooms got frosty at night. The animals on many modern farms snooze comfortably in state-of-the-art, climatecontrolled facilities.

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How to avoid a mortgage crisis By Carolyn Washburn, Family and Consumer Science Agent, USU Extension – Washington County

In today’s economy, making ends meet is becoming more difficult. For some, it is impossible. If you are struggling financially and concerned about keeping your home, consider these guidelines. Prioritize your spending After healthcare, housing should be your first priority. Review your finances and see where spending can be cut. Areas such as cable TV, memberships, entertainment and eating out are good places to start. Delay payments on credit cards and other “unsecured” debt until you have first paid your mortgage. Use your assets Look for assets such as a second car, jewelry or whole life insurance policy that could be sold for cash to help reinstate your loan. Determine if anyone in your household can get an additional job to bring in extra income. Even if these efforts don’t significantly increase your available cash or income, they demonstrate to your

lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home. Respond quickly If you’re having trouble making your monthly mortgage payments, contact your lender immediately. When a late notice arrives in your mail, open it immediately and call your lender. He or she may direct you to a housing counselor. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds free or low-cost counseling nationwide. Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your options, help organize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender if necessary. A housing counselor may also offer direction on a forbearance, which can allow a temporary loan postponement or even reduced loan payments. To find a HUD- approved housing counselor near you, call 800-569-4287. Talk with your lender Find out how much you currently owe and what it will take to suspend the foreclosure process. Contrary to what you may think,

Dairy farmers facing ‘incredibly difficult circumstances’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s dairy farmers are facing incredibly difficult circumstances due to the global economic recession driving down demand here and overseas. Dairy supplies are growing which is pulling down farm gate prices, according to Allison Specht, a dairy and regulatory economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “This steep drop in dairy prices will be felt by dairy farmers for several months to come,” Specht said. “The cost-price squeeze is being felt across the country, leaving little room for error in individual producers’ management and hedging decisions.” Specht prepared a special dairy report that was released this month. “It is no surprise to many in the dairy industry that dairy product prices have declined. What is surprising is the dramatic correction that took place from the end of December throughout January,” Specht explained in the report.

Dairy prices on the futures market traded at $14.13 per hundredweight on Dec. 1, $10.28 per hundredweight on Dec. 31, and $9.30 per hundredweight on February 9. Milk prices are down more than 50 percent from last summer after hitting all-time highs in 2007 and climbing to the second highest level on record in early 2008. Specht said the main culprit for low prices paid to dairy farmers is the general economic situation. “The financial condition of consumers has changed domestic food consumption patterns, and dairy is feeling the negative effects of this trend,” Specht said. “Exports had insulated the dairy industry from feeling losses in away-from-home demand, but this is no longer the case. While grocery dairy-buying may be

the lender does not want your home. Find out the cost of late fees, collection fees and attorney fees. For your records, be sure to record who you spoke to, the date and what was said. If you can postpone the foreclosure, this will provide you with time to fully exhaust other options such as refinancing, listing the property, doing a short sale or selling the property to an investor. Get as much time as you can to prevent long-term damage to your credit rating. Make sure you fully understand the terms of agreement with the lender and that you abide by the time frames. Be sure to get everything in writing, or it is not really an agreement. Also remember to use registered or certified mail in all your correspondence on legal matters. Consider refinancing Your current mortgage may be part of the problem. In the last five years, many people have obtained interest-only or adjustable rate mortgages, and the payment now has increased to an unmanageable level. Use caution in shopping for alternatives, since mortgage rates and programs change daily. Consider a short sale A lender may permit you to accept a contract on the property for less then what is actually owed. You will need to speak to the lender personally regarding this, not to a collector. expanding slightly, losing any food service demand, which accounts for 40 percent of dairy consumption, is bad news.” The National Restaurant Association tracks the industry’s heath and performance, and December’s index marked the 14th consecutive month that the index was below 100. An index below 100

signals industry contraction, thus less dairy buyers in the marketplace. On the export front, higher levels of production from New Zealand this year as that nation has recovered somewhat from past droughts,

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Consider selling If the above steps have not solved your problem, you may need to sell your home. It is better to sell it yourself than to have it repossessed by the lender and damage your credit. Be aware of foreclosure recovery scams If any agency claims it can stop your foreclosure immediately by you signing a document appointing it to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home. Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional or an approved housing counselor. Solutions that sound too simple or too good to be true usually are. If you’re selling your home without professional guidance, beware of buyers who try to rush you through the process. Unfortunately, there are people who may try to take advantage of your financial difficulty. No one knows what the economy will bring, but by being conservative in spending and cautious with financial decisions, you can weather the economic storms. coupled with decisions by the European Union to once again directly subsidize exports have also contributed to much stronger competition in trade markets. “Many analysts believe the dairy market is close to the bottom and should not fall much further,” Specht said. Butter and milk powder prices are at government support levels, and the federal government purchased nearly 162.3 million pounds of nonfat dry milk and almost 2.67 million pounds of butter between Oct. 1, 2008 and Feb. 6, 2009. Most dairy industry analysts foresee depressed prices through the duration of the recession, however optimists anticipate a mid to late-year turnaround. “The U.S. dairy industry is positioned very well in the long-term (post 2009) assuming a growing world economy, but individual producer survival is dependent on management decisions and how long the short-term economic woes will last,” Specht said. The AFBF special dairy market update is available here: http:// n r 2 0 0 9 / 0 2 - 1 1 - 0 9 / SpecialDairyMarketUpdate.pdf.

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>Food Continued from P. 19 But thanks to the productivity of America’s farmers and ranchers, most Americans don’t have to worry where their next meal comes from. American agriculture is profoundly successful in feeding the hungry of our country and the world. But these are perilous times for hard-working farm and ranch families. For a number of years, federal farm programs have helped many farmers manage risk in a very difficult, capital-intensive business. President Barack Obama’s 2010 budget proposal would over three years phase out direct payments to producers with sales exceeding $500,000. Before a joint session of Congress and a national television audience Feb. 24, President Obama pledged to end “direct payments to large agribusinesses that don’t need them” as one means to trim $2 trillion in spending over 10 years. For hard working Americans, $500,000 certainly sounds like a large sum of money, and these $500,000-per-year-in-sales farms certainly sound as though they would be large operations, but what is critical to remember is that this is gross income. When a farmer factors in the cost of land, equipment, labor, fertilizer and supplies, the net income or take-home pay is a very small fraction of the sales figure. Moreover, a single farm with more than $500,000 in sales could be supporting multiple generations of a farm family, such as parents, their adult children and adult grandchildren. In today’s environment of rising costs and falling commodity prices, the critical support of direct payments is a vital part of the farm safety net since most other farm program payments don’t

Utah Farm Bureau News kick in until prices fall below the break even point. Eliminating direct payments for any farm with sales more than $500,000 puts 75 percent of U.S. food production at greater risk of financial instability. These operations represent a minority of farms in the United States, but they produce the vast majority of our nation’s safe, abundant and affordable food supply. And the vast majority of these targeted farms are familyowned and operated, not what we typically think of as being “agribusinesses.” According to the most recent data from the Agriculture Department, more than 12 percent of farmers who are part of a farm operation with greater than $500,000 in gross sales still have negative household income. Agriculture input costs have increased 40 percent in the past five years, making means testing based on sales even less relevant than a means test based on farm profitability. Finally, USDA has noted that farm income is expected to drop 20 percent this year, and the prices farmers receive for their goods have dropped significantly. Farm families are sharing the economic pain felt by other Americans, so now is not the time to cut the economic safety net offered by farm programs. Dr. Halick’s dictum that “man has many problems, but a hungry man has just one” rings true in these difficult economic times. The farm safety net helps secure America’s food supply, which is all the more vital in hard times. Now is not the time to breach a program that helps farmers feed a hungry planet. Thanks to America’s farmers, food availability is one less problem to worry about in this time of uncertainty.

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>Ballot Continued from P. 23 While some have a problem with the fact that a lot of farm animals are “confined,” or raised indoors, that production practice puts a roof over the animals’ heads and protects them from the harsh elements and predators. Some don’t like that animals are sometimes housed in individual pens. If you were living next to a sow with an attitude, you would probably be glad if her pen kept her from kicking and biting you. If there was a sick hog in the barn, you’d be glad the farmer could keep him away from you so you wouldn’t get sick, too. If you enjoy your meat and potatoes, your spaghetti with meatballs and your schnitzel with noodles, here’s what you can do. Farmers, tell your friends and neighbors and anyone else who will listen about all the things you do to take excellent care of your animals. Consumers, be aware that there is a movement afoot to limit your food choices – to make it more expensive or difficult for you to have some of your favorite things. If this article made you hungry, go eat a hamburger (while you still can). And if you want a more accurate picture of how farmers care for their animals, visit the Web site

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING IMPORTANT NOTICE 1. Non-commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members selling items they grow or make themselves, or used machinery, household items, etc., they themselves have used in the past. Each member family is entitled to one such ad free in each three-month period. Ads can be up to 40 words or numbers such as phone number or Zip. Words such as “For Sale” are included, initials and numbers count as a word. All words over 40 cost 25 cents each. Ads over 40 words not accompanied by the extra payment, or not meeting the above requirements, will be returned to the sender. Family memberships cannot be combined to create larger ads, nor can a membership be used for free classified ad purposes by anyone other than immediate family members. Ads run for three months. 2. Commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members where the member is acting as an agent or dealer (real estate, machinery, handicraft items made by people outside the member family, etc.) cost 25 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Members are entitled to one such ad. Ads run for one month. 3. Ads for non-Utah Farm Bureau members cost 50 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Ads run for one month. In all ads, short lines requested by the advertiser, extra lines of white space, and lines with words in all caps count as 6 words per line. Ads with borders and bold headlines may be submitted and placed within the classified section, but will be charged the display advertising rate. Please contact the classified advertising department for further information. No insurance ads will be accepted. ***DEADLINE: ALL ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 15TH OF THE MONTH IN ORDER TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. EXCEPT FOR THE JANUARY ISSUE, WHICH HAS A CLASSIFIED DEADLINE OF DEC. 5. Only free ads (Category 1 ads of 40 words or less) will be accepted by telephone at 801-2333010, by fax at 801-233-3030 or e-mail at Please include your membership number. Ads must be received no later than the 15th of the month Mail ads, typed or neatly printed, with any payment due, to Utah Farm Bureau News, Classified Ad Department, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070-2305. Free ads must be resubmitted by mail, telephone or fax after running for three months. Ads for which there is a payment due will be run as long as payment is received in advance. ALL CLASSIFIED ADS will be listed on the Utah Farm Bureau web page unless the Utah Farm Bureau member specifies otherwise when placing the ad. The ads on the web site will run concurrently with the classified ads in the Utah Farm Bureau News. NOTE: The appearance of any ad in the Utah Farm Bureau News does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the service or merchandise offered. While every effort is made to ensure the legitimacy of services or

merchandise advertised, the Utah Farm Bureau News or the Utah Farm Bureau Federation accepts no responsibility or liability for services or products advertised. AUTOMOTIVE 19’ TRAVEL TRAILER for sale. Selfcontained. Good condition. Sleeps 5. $1,500. 435-623-1442. TIRES: Hard to find for 1947-1948 Ford Truck – 700 x 17 or 750 x 17. ’95 Pontiac Trans Am, red with black leather interior, loaded, T-tops, low miles. Call Doug at 801277-1578. FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: 15’ Triple K digger with hang-on harrows, excellent condition, $1,500 OBO. 12’ power harrow, good condition, best offer. Big Bale 3 tine high back fork will attach to loader bucket, excellent condition, $300. Cell: 435760-7151 or Home: 435-245-4683. FOR SALE: Large tractor loader. 12’ steel leveler. 124 MF baler. 10’ JD grain drill. 200 gal. sprayer. Scrapping blade. Call 435-5285192. FOR SALE: 350 International diesel tractor. 500 hrs. on new engine. New injector pump. $4,500. 435-623-1442. TWO JOHN DEERE 2280 swathers for sale. 16’ headers, twin knife. Best offer. Contact John at 435-438-5144. JOHN DEERE: 4230 tractor with JD 720 loader, quick attach bucket and bale forks. Great tractor. 801-745-1714. FOR SALE: 2003 model 2600 TripleK-26’ 5bar new 4” sweeps, looks new, $18,500; 2003 Sunflower double offset folding disc with wing depth control gauge wheels, $17,500, LOOKS GREAT; JD680 manure spreader, needs repair, $3,000. Call 435-230-0027 or 435-854-3809. IRRIGATION EQUIPMENT for sale. Natural gas Ford 300 6 cylinder, Deutz diesel 4 cylinder, electric pumps 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 75 hp. 8 rotating power screens, 10 electrical panels 20 -75 hp, 4 V F D’s to operate 40-75 hp motors. 5 inch wheel lines. Call with questions: Ragen Wheeler 435-512-9255 or or Adam Johnson, 435-760-7157 or . WANTED: Used metal grain silo. Minimum diameter of 10 feet. We will haul it away. Please email information to or call 435-640-7366. We are located in Summit County. Thank you! FOR SALE: Cat D6C, power shift, semi U blade, ripper, excellent undercarriage, runs great, $25,000 OBO. JD 1600 chisel plow, 16’ and 20’, $2,500 OBO. 435-587-2833. FEED HAY FOR SALE: 3x3 bales. Small hay bale chopper. International hydro tractor in great condition. We will email pictures of equipment. Call 435-733-0278. HAY FOR SALE: Alfalfa & alfalfa grass mix. 3x3x8 bales. Barn-stored. Delivery available. $140/ton. 801-745-1714. 200 + TONS of leafy, green alfalfa hay. Barn stored, mid-sized (3x3x8) bales. This is supreme, soft-stemmed, super conditioned hay. RFV from 180-200. $170/ton. 801-455-2069. HAY FOR SALE: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd crop. 150 tons, $6.00 a small bale. Call 435-545-2581. LIVESTOCK

GELBVIEH BULLS for sale. Good selection of Black Purebred bulls, Red and Black Gelbvieh X Angus Bulls. We deliver in the spring, tested and ready to work. 435-2577084 or 435-279-7669. SALERS & OPTIMIZER (Salers + Angus) bulls for sale. Performance tested. Semen & Trich tested. Will feed until April 1. Will deliver. Jasperson Cattle Co. Goshen, UT. Gregg Jasperson 801-667-3565. FOR SALE: Angus and Gelbvieh bulls. Trick tested and ready to go. Top bloodlines. Not grain fed and ruined. Contact Larry Dutson, 435-864-7879. FOR SALE: 175 stock cows, 90% Black Angus. Start calving February 1st. 801-7873149 or 801-465-2632. FOR SALE: 9 yr. old black san peppy gelding. Has been a ranch horse for years. 435-650-4222. 2 YEAR OLD Charolais bulls for sale. Call 801-369-9056. MAINE-ANJOU BULLS for sale: Top quality, easy calving, fast gaining, gentle and classy. We offer top EPD’s, and will feed ‘em till you need ‘em, also some stylish yearling heifers. Gardner Cattle Company, Darrell or Natalie. Give us a call 435-653-2352, or 435-749-1700. FOR SALE: Yearling and two year old Charolais bulls. Trich, pap and fertility tested, with good disposition. For more info call Riley Taylor, 435-425-3807; Bicknell, Utah. BULLS FOR SALE: Line One Bred Yearling and 2 yr-old bulls for sale. Top quality Hereford bulls for sale. Growthy Bulls with great EPD’s. Call Jonathan, 801-450-6458 or Craig, 435-381-2523 at Johansen Herefords, FOR SALE: Top quality Polled Hereford Bulls. Good selection of coming 2 yr. olds or yearlings. Proven genetics from a reputable program. One or a truckload. Contact Phil Allen & Son, Antimony. 435-6243236. FOR SALE: Registered Nigerian Buck, 4 yrs. old, $50.00. 1-801-232-1024 or 435-7649905. REAL ESTATE: FOR SALE: Approx. 22 acres in beautiful canyon setting. Lovely home + 2 room bunkhouse, other out buildings. Pine tree farm. 8 miles up Dry Fork Canyon, Vernal, Utah. Pressure irrigation. Call Barton 435-789-2065. DAIRY FARM: Modern operating dairy in Cache Valley on over 41 acres of irrigated ground. Has updated home; excellent irrigation system and crops. Double 5 Herringbone milking parlor and 2,000 gallon tank. Turn key operation. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN MINK CREEK, IDAHO: Beautiful hillside property in a canyon setting. 26.90 acre parcel, located

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along State Highway 36 in the Mink Creek area. Irrigation rights and 1 residential water right. Would make beautiful home sites. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN CLARKSTON: Beautiful farm ground located against the foothills, north of Clarkston. The county road goes through property. Lots of deer and other wildlife. Land is in CRP and Greenbelt. 194.6 acres in three parcels and 105 acre parcel available. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN TRENTON: Excellent irrigated farm land. 71.73 acres inside Trenton City limits and 33 acres adjacent to Trenton City limits. Gradual slope. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCH IN GRACE, IDAHO: Excellent operating cattle ranch. 760 acres. Excellent mountain pasture with 48 BLM AUMS. 72.77 acres of irrigated land with completely new irrigation system. 44 acres has new wheel lines. Excellent early water right. 25 water shares. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCHETTE IN CACHE VALLEY: Beautiful 4,728 sq ft home built in 2005 on 5.01 acres with horse barn, round pen, future arena, and stream. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. MISCELLANEOUS WANTED: Used sheep camp. Wilson, Eddy, Madsen or other recent models. 435-477-3597 or Cell: 435-590-4206. “BOOK YOUR 2009 VACATION STAY NOW: Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley National Forest. Full equipped cabin. Pet-friendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435548-2630, 1-866-618-7194,, FOR SALE: ½ price farm gates and garden gates. Trailers, trailer axels, fenders. Electric fence chargers. 60 gal. fiberglass tanks. Used Ford and Ferguson tractor parts and tires. Repairable riding lawn mowers. Cultivator parts. Orrin Kartchner, 801-731-0333. AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES If you are looking for a career in a fun, rewarding team environment, Circle Four Farms is the opportunity you’ve been searching for. We’re offering quality full time entry-level animal production positions with training available. Challenge yourself with a company on the grow that offers: Starting wage $10 to $11.50 per hour plus benefits – total value $30,420. Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance plan, Short Term and Long Term Disability, company paid Pension Plan, 401(k) Savings Plan with company match, Gain$hare Plan, Incentive programs, Paid holidays and vacation, Educational reimbursement, Ask us about a relocation package, For more information please call our office: Circle Four Farms 435-387-2107 or

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Utah Farm Bureau News

March 2009

Conservation programs in 2008 Farm Bill to Benefit Utah’s Farmers and Ranchers environmental quality as compatible goals, optimize environmental benefits, and help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

By Ron Francis, Public Affairs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Utah’s agricultural producers stand to benefit from some $25 million in federal funding for conservation cost-share programs that will be coming to private land producers through the Conservation Title of the 2008 Farm Bill. The programs, which are designed to address specific natural resource conservation concerns, are administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Interested producers participate on a voluntary basis and must apply and be accepted to participate. The agency provides the technical assistance and the producer is responsible to implement the conservation practice over a period of months or years as specified in the contract. The latest farm legislation is historic in terms of taxpayer investment in private lands conservation—a $4 billion or 38 percent increase over the 2002 Farm Bill. New opportunities in this legislation include an open fields program for public access, a new Agricultural Water Enhancement Program, and new provisions for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers. Following passage last year, the conservation programs are now undergoing the rule making and public input process that is characteristic with each Farm Bill. Following is a short description with highlights of each of the programs most prevalent in Utah. Your comments are now being accepted on the interim rules for each of these programs. More detailed information on all the programs and how to participate is available on the NRCS Web site at: http:// farmbill/2008/interim-rules.html. The following are some programs included in the Farm Bill, which may be applicable to Utah farmers and ranchers: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers who face threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land. Through EQIP, NRCS provides financial incentives to producers to promote agricultural production and

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Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP): The new farm bill expanded EQIP to include AWEP, which offers

financial and technical assistance to help farmers and ranchers carry out water enhancement activities that conserve ground and surface water and improve water quality on agricultural lands such as cropland, pasture, grassland and rangeland. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG): Conservation Innovation Grants stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. Under this competitive grant program, EQIP funds are awarded to non-Federal or Tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, or i n d i v i d u a l s . Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP): The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program is a voluntary program for private landowners to develop and improve high-quality habitat that supports wildlife populations of National, State, Tribal, and local significance. Through WHIP, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance. WHIP agreements generally last from 5 to 10 years. Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA): Agricultural Management Assistance provides payments to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by

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incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations. Producers may construct or improve water management structures or irrigation structures; plant trees for windbreaks or to improve water quality; and mitigate risk through production diversification or resource conservation practices, including soil erosion control, integrated pest management, or transition to organic farming. Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP): The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program is a voluntary program that helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture. The program provides matching funds to State, Tribal, or local governments and nongovernmental organizations with existing farm and ranch land protection programs to purchase conservation easements. Grassland Reserve Program (GRP): The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program for landowners and operators to protect, restore, and enhance grassland, including rangeland, pastureland, shrubland, and certain other lands. The program emphasizes support for working grazing operations; enhancement of plant and animal biodiversity; and protection of grassland and land containing shrubs and forbs under threat of conversion. In the last 5 years, GRP has closed on more than 250 easements covering more than 115,000 acres in 38 states. Conservation Opportunities for Socially Disadvantaged, Beginning, and Limited Resource Farmers and Ranchers: The 2008 Farm Bill continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, as well as beginning and limited resource farmers and ranchers. It provides for voluntary participation, offers incentives, and focuses on equity in accessing USDA programs and services. Enhancements include streamlined delivery of technical and financial assistance; improved programs and services; and flexibility in decision making (with most decisions made at the Tribal, State, or local level). For Information on NRCS services in Utah, visit to look up your local or regional office.

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>MILC Continued from P. 12 month’s National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost is known before the MILC payment rate can be calculated,” explained Jones. “For example, while the Boston Class I price for February is $13.97 and below $16.94, we still won’t know the actual MILC payment rate until late March when we receive final figures from NASS for determining the National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost. That means the MILC payment for February cannot be made until April.” FSA issues payments not later than 60 calendar days after FSA receives production evidence for the applicable month or the entire month’s National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost is posted for the applicable month, whichever is later. FSA makes payments on up to the maximum eligible pounds of milk produced and marketed by each operation per fiscal year. The annual maximum eligible pound limit per dairy operation is 2,985,000 pounds per fiscal year. The amount drops to 2.4 million pounds per fiscal year on September, 1, 2012. MILC participants must select a month for which FSA will begin issuing payments for each fiscal year. Starting with the dairy operation’s selected month, FSA will issue MILC payments based on that month’s milk production and the milk production for each consecutive month thereafter with an effective payment rate until the operation reaches the production cap or the fiscal year ends. Dairy producers must select a start month on, or before, the 14th of the month before the month which they want to receive payments and before the selected month’s Boston Class I fluid price is announced to the public. Or the dairy producer has the option to select the month in which the contract application is submitted as their start month. For subsequent years or if they wish to change a previously selected start month the producer must select a start month prior to the 14th of the month before the month which they want to receive payments and before the selected month’s Boston Class I milk price is announced to the public. In addition, if changing a start month selection, the change has to be made by the 14th of the month before the month originally selected. More information about the MILC program can be found on the FSA website http:// or by contacting Lori Jones, Program Specialist, at 801-524-4250.

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March 2009

County Scenes

UFBF YF&R Committee members at the AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Sacramento, Calif. From L to R: Sterling Brown-UFBF V.P. Organization, Dustin & Harmony Cox, Kyle & Shelly Matthews, Garrick & Holly Hall-Chairman, Russell & Valerie Spencer, and Michael Hughes-Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet.

UFBF State Women’s Committee members at the Salt Lake City Ronald McDonald House with director Bonnie Billings (center), present a check during Food Checkout Week. From left to right: Waneta Fawcett, Jo Schmidt, Ruth Roberts (Chair), and Aurline Boyack (UFBF Coordinator).

Selma Lehmitz, Salt Lake County Women’s Committee Chair hands out information for Food Checkout Week at the Macey’s in West Jordan.

County Corner

Washington County Farm Bureau celebrates Food Checkout week at Lin’s Market in St. George. Washington County donated money to purchase food that was donated to Dixie Care & Share in St. George and encouraged shoppers at Lin’s market to donate food items and help fill the bed of this pickup with items also going to Dixie Care and Share. Pictured from left to right is Board Member Kent McCombe, Washington County Farm Bureau President Dennis Iverson, YF&R Kathy Iverson, Women’s Chair Lori Turner, and State Women’s Committee Board Member Jeri Iverson. Salt Lake County SISM, April 6, State FB Office, 7:00 p.m.

Kane County SISM & Annual Banquet, March 26, 6:30 p.m. North Box Elder County SISM, March 19, 7 p.m. at Tremonton FB Office

Utah County Annual Banquet, March 26, 7 p.m. at County Administration building, rooms L 7, 8,& 9. (lower level) Weber County -County Banquet. March 7. 6:30 p.m. at the West Weber Washington County Church (Big Gym). 4100 West 900 South. For information, -Board mtg., March 4, at St. George Ins. office, 7 p.m. contact Scott Wayment at 801-731-1531. -SISM, March 27, 5:30 p.m. Banquet at 7 p.m. -SISM, April 30, 7 p.m. at Weber Co. USU Extension office. Sanpete County -Annual Banquet, March 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Manti Senior Center. $10/person. Chicken Cordon Bleu. Speaker, Bob Cosgrove “Managing Debt”. Contact Bob Bessey 435-835-3661 or John Keeler. -Farm Safety Course, March 6-7 at Snow College West Campus. 5-9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday. $10. Duchesne County SISM, March 26, 7 p.m. at County Building.

Morgan County -Banquet, March 7, 6 p.m. at Morgan LDS Stake Center. Call Shane Pentz, 801-829-6438, for tickets. -SISM, April 8, 7 p.m. at Morgan County Courthouse. Millard County SISM, April 8, 7 p.m. at IFA Building. Uintah County Annual banquet, March 12, at the Western Park. 6:30 , the SISM will take place at 5:00 p.m., prior to the banquet.

Iron County Garfield County -Board meeting, March 25, 6:30 at Cedar City Library. - -Board meeting, March 23 at 12 noon. SISM, 7:30 p.m., same day and location. -SISM, March 23, 1:30 p.m. at County Courthouse Commission room in Panguitch. Emery County SISM, March 17, 7 p.m. at County building in Castle Beaver County -Spring Issue-Surfacing Meeting, March 19. Dale. -Tushar Collaborative Group mtg., March 16-17. 9 a.m. -5 South Box Elder County p.m. each day, at Beaver Forest Service office. Banquet, March 12, 6:30 p.m. at Corrine Church house Wasatch County -SISM, March 18, 8 a.m. at ‘The Hub’.

Utah County FB member Brenda Westwood hands out information on Food Checkout Week to shoppers at the Macey’s grocery store in Spanish Fork. San Juan County-Spring Issue Surfacing Meeting, April 2, 7 p.m. at the County building in Monticello. Wayne County -SISM, April 6, 11 a.m. at the County Courthouse. Piute County -SISM, April 13, 11 a.m. at the County Courthouse. Davis County Banquet, March 14, 6 p.m. at Syracuse H.S. 665 South 2000 West. $5/person. Dutch oven dinner. Call Thad Horne at 801-546-1152. State and Regional Activities -UFBF Board Meeting, March 18 at State office -General Legislative Session ends, March 12 -Water Users Conference, March 9-11, St. George -Utah Dairy Convention, March 18-20 in St. George -UFBF Women’s Leadership Conference, March 2021 in Sandy. March RAC Meetings: Bucks, Bulls, OIAL Permit #s, Management plans. -March 17, Southern RAC. Richfield High School, 510 West 100 South in Richfield. 7:00 p.m. ***Note change*** -March 18, SE RAC. John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main St. in Green River. 6:30 p.m. -March 19, NE RAC. Western Park, Rm. #1. 302 E. 200 S. Vernal. 6:30 p.m. -March 24, Central RAC. Springville Jr. High, 165 S. 700 E. Springville. 6:30 p.m. ***Note change*** -March 25, Northern RAC. Brigham City Comm. Center, 24 N. 300 W. in Brig. City 6 p.m.

Contact Matt Hargreaves at 801-233-3003 or by April 15 to place a County Corner listing for the May 2009 Farm Bureau News.

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